Surf Air has placed its European arm into liquidation less than two years after launching in the region, in a blow to the airline start-up's ambitions outside the US.
Surf Air Europe commenced operations in early 2017 from London Luton Airport using a single Embraer Phenom 300, which was operated by FlairJet. Its first routes were to Ibiza and Cannes in the summer, and it added a Zurich connection and wanted to add cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, and Geneva. Surf Air’s core model is an all-you-can-fly membership with access to scheduled, semi-private flights. Surf Air, which is headquartered in Santa Monica, had not posted anything on its website declaring the business was no longer operational, but removed all European cities from its map showing the destinations it flies between. A spokesman for Surf Air confirmed the company had closed its European operation some months ago to focus on its US service.