Goodbye Malev

The closure of the Hungarian flag-carrier, Malev, this morning had, like that of Spanair last Friday, long been predicted by Inside Traveller. Even so, it is still a sad event. The airline was never particularly good and needed radical restructuring and much better customer service if it was to have any chance. The best hope is that the Hungarian government can now come up with a new “Hungarian Airlines” to take over the good parts – in much the same way that Swiss was created from the ashes of Swissiar.

Meanwhile, we note that the Gatwick Airport website remains silent on the matter. On the list of this evening’s arrivals, they merely show “enquire airline” next to the Malev flight from Budapest. Is it asking too much to expect the airport to offer some sort of information on its home page?

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