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Name: SMALL PLANET AIRLINES GERMANY
7JetSet7 Code: LIG
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: BERLIN
Country: GERMANY
Employees 407
Web: smallplanet.aero
Email: info@smallplanet.aero
Telephone: +370 52 525 660
Fax: +370 52 525 661
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Founded and started operations in 2015. Charter, regional & international, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.

Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 356,945 sq km, its population is 85 million, its capital city is Berlin, and its official language is German.

October 2015: News Item A: Small Planet Airlines ((IATA) Code: S5, based at Vilnius) (LIJ) Head of Marketing, Simonas Bartkus, said (LIJ), the wet-lease (ACMI)/charter specialist's newest subsidiary, Small Planet Airlines Germany (based at Berlin Schönefeld) (LIG) will begin operations later this quarter.

In an interview with airliners.de, Bartkus said Small Planet Germany (LIG) would partner with German travel broker, Involatus in offering scheduled charter flights from Hanover, Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel, Münster/Osnabrück, Dusseldorf, and Zurich to Fuerteventura and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Under the terms of the deal, two A320-200s will be based in the Spanish islands for the duration of operations this winter.

Small Planet Airlines Germany (LIG) has secured yet another tour operator contract, this time with Thomas Cook (GUE)/(JMA) covering the Summer 2016 season.

According to Germany's (FVW), Small Planet Airlines Germany (LIG) will base an A320-200 in Paderborn/Lippstadt for flights to Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan and Antalya on behalf of the tour operator.

Small Planet (LIJ)'s planned Summer 2016 roster will be disclosed later in the year with aircraft to be operated by Small Planet Airlines Germany (LIG).

Small Planet Airlines Germany (LIG) said it has secured a deal with (TUI) Deutschland amid plans to operate flights from Bremen Neuenland and Paderborn/Lippstadt to Rhodes, Heraklion, Kos, Menorca, and Burgas during the summer 2016 season.

A total of fourteen flights per week, or >300 in total, are planned with the new German tour operator.

Main Base: Berlin Schoenefeld Airport (SXF).

February 2016: "Passenger Jet Veers Off Runway at Birmingham Airport
by Sky News (UK), February 21, 2016.

An aircraft with 98 passengers on board ended up on a grass verge after it went off the runway following its landing. The plane was making its way to the terminal at Birmingham Airport when it left the tarmac, said officials.

Once it stopped, all passengers were safely taken off the Airbus A320 and transferred to the terminal. No-one is thought to have been injured.

The fire service and other emergency teams were at the scene but the single runway was fully operational throughout the drama. The plane, operated by Small Planet Airlines (LIJ), had arrived from Paderborn in Germany when the incident in Bickenhill, Solihull took place.

It was towed out of the grass about two hours later, and back on to the taxiway.

In a statement, the airport said: "An A320 aircraft belonging to charter company, Small Planet (LIJ), has manoeuvred off the taxiway into grass after landing from Paderborn. "Passengers have safely disembarked and have been bussed to the terminal. There are no reports of injuries."

June 2017: A320-214 (1054, D-ASPI) AirCastle (CSL) leased.

October 2018: "Small Planet Airlines Germany (LIG) files for insolvency."

Another German airline has gone bankrupt: Berlin charter company Small Planet Airlines (LIG) has filed an independent insolvency at the Charlottenburg district court. (LIG) cited a “tight financial situation caused by the events of the current summer,” as the reason, deciding to take time to restructure the company now.

The court of Charlottenburg confirmed (LIG)’s application and lawyer Joachim Voigt-Salus as its trustee. Should the bankruptcy procedure be opened, passengers must refer to their claims on compensation with creditors and possibly get nothing at all. Any direct requests from passengers will not be answered “due to the high workload.” The German Small Planet base employs around 400 people and operates 9 Airbus jets.

Airline operations, especially on behalf of major tour operators, will be continued. (LIG)’s announcement stated that all flights to and from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands continue to be operated by Small Planet Airlines Poland or Lithuania. Booked tickets remain valid and all schedules are currently in effect.

Multiple day delays in Small Planet Airlines have occurred in recent months. In early September, about 200 Egyptian tourists had >50 hours of delay on their return flight from Hurghada to Hamburg. Earlier, passengers arrived at their destination in Cologne/Bonn on Friday instead of their planned Monday arrival.

Small Planet Airlines Germany (LIG) is a German subsidiary of the Lithuanian charter airline founded in Berlin in 2015 with its base at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, Cologne and Paderborn. It is a subsidiary of Lithuanian Small Planet Airlines and operates flights for customers like Condor, ((TUI), (FTI), and Thomas Cook).

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October 2018:

7 A320-200.

2 A320-214 (1054, D-ASPI, 2017-06) AIRCASTLE (CSL) LEASED.

Management:
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VYTAUTAS KAIKARIS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), SMALL PLANET AIRLINES (LIJ)/(LLP)/(LIG).

 
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