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Jet Time flights take off from Helsinki after cancellation scare

Danish charter flight operator Jet Time flights from Helsinki to Gran Canaria and Egypt were announced as cancelled on Friday morning. The airline claimed that a malfunction in systems managed by the airports operator Finavia was responsible for apparently scrapping the flights. All Jet Time flights are operating as usual.

Jet Time lentokone.
Image: Jet Time

According to airports operator Finavia, the airline’s tour operator in Finland requested permission to cancel Good Friday morning flights from Helsinki to Gran Canaria and Hurghada in Egypt.

The operator did not initially provide any reason for the cancellations, but later attributed them to technical malfunctions.

Later on Friday afternoon, Jet Time said that the flights had been logged in Finavia's systems months ago and later deleted. However they inexplicably showed as having been deleted on Friday.

Jet Time chief executive Klaus Ren said that the error was caused by Finavia's systems, possibly a programming error. He added that there were no uninformed passengers at the airport and that flights had been operating normally.

Last year Jet Time racked up 70 million Danish crowns (9.4 million euros) in losses. The company, which is also used as a subcontractor by other carriers such as Blue1, Norwegian Air and SAS, rolled out an "emergency rescue plan" earlier this year to try and refloat its fortunes. CEO Ren told Yle today that this year is expected to be a winning period for the airline.

Edit 15.55: This story was updated to reflect the fact that the reported malfunction was in Finavia's systems and that Jet Time flights operated as usual on Friday.

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