Yesterday I shared the crazy story of how a National Airlines 757 was essentially being impounded at St. John’s Airport, in Canada. National Airlines is an Orlando based charter airline. Since early this year they have operated a once weekly flight between Orlando and St. John’s, which is one of their few scheduled flights.
Apparently they haven’t been paying their airport bills, though, so the airport got a court order allowing them to prevent the plane from leaving, by parking a truck in front of it.
— CBC Canadian News (@CBCCanada) October 30, 2016
I imagine this must have been pretty awkward, as there were passengers at St. John’s Airport waiting to take the flight back to Orlando, though the flight ended up being canceled.
While this all happened on Friday, it looks like the airline and airport finally reached a resolution on Monday, at which point the plane was allowed to depart. Yesterday evening the plane flew from St. John’s to Camp Springs, Maryland, per Flightradar24. Presumably they were picking up some sort of a military charter from there.
Per CBC News:
The St. John’s International Airport Authority says it received full payment of outstanding fees from National Air Cargo Group on Monday and has released the aircraft it seized last week.
National Airlines owed the airport authority nearly $182,000 in unpaid fees dating back to April, according to airport lawyer Meghan King.
I do have to wonder what National Airlines’ plan was. Since they were discontinuing the flight soon, were they just planning on never paying the airport what they owed? And did they think they’d get away with it?
Whatever their plan was, I’m guessing they’re regretting it. They’ve still had to pay the full amount, got a lot of bad publicity, canceled the route early, and also presumably had to fly the plane out of St. John’s empty.
I also wonder how all of this fits within National Airlines’ ethics policy:
At National we take pride in providing our customers with quality service. We are committed to doing business with Integrity and Honesty and we require the same from our business partners. National routinely trains all of our employees on the laws, regulations and Company policies to ensure they understand that strict compliance is expected and to increase their commitment to ethics in all we do. We are pleased to share our ethics and compliance policies and training materials with our vendors, all with the goal of improving ethics in our industry around the globe.