Inter European Airways

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Inter European Airways
Inter european logo
Airbus A320-231, Inter European Airways
IATA code : IP
ICAO code : IEA
Call sign : ASPRO
Founding: 1986
Operation stopped: 1993
Seat: Cardiff
Home airport : Cardiff Airport
Fleet size: 8th
Aims: Mediterranean area , Portugal , Canary Islands
Inter European Airways ceased operations in 1993. The information in italics refer to the last status before the end of operation.

Inter European Airways (shortened to Inter European or IEA ) was a British charter airline based at Cardiff Airport , which was merged into Airtours International in 1993 .


The Boeing 737-200 with which Inter European Airways started operations in 1987

Inter European Airways was founded in Cardiff in 1986 as a subsidiary of the Welsh tour operator Aspro Holidays Ltd. established to Cardiff, Bristol and Belfast outgoing IT charter flights this holiday provider in the Mediterranean carry. Operations began on May 18, 1987 with a leased Boeing 737-200 . In October 1987, the company stopped its flights over the winter for seasonal reasons and returned the aircraft to the lessor .

In April 1988 Inter European received a leased Boeing 737-300 with which it resumed operations on May 2, 1988. The first flight was from Cardiff to Rhodes . A second Boeing 737-300 added to the fleet in the same month. During the year, the company expanded its activities to include other UK departure airports. In addition, the company now uses its aircraft all year round and also operated occasional flights ( ad hoc charter ) within Europe.

In November 1989, Inter European Airways transferred two of its three Boeing 737s to Australia and operated them there in wet lease for Trans Australia Airlines until mid-January 1990 , during which the pilots fought a labor dispute lasting several months. From March 1990, the company first used a Boeing 757 aircraft . Leased Boeing 737-400 (from 1992) and Airbus A320 (from 1993) were operated as further types . In addition, from 1990 Inter European rented additional machines from other companies if required and during the main season.

In June 1993 the tour operator Aspro Holidays and its subsidiary Inter European Airways were bought by the tourism group Airtours for a price of 20 million British pounds . After the takeover, the airline continued to operate under the previous brand name until the end of the summer season. On October 31, 1993, Inter European Airways was fully integrated into the airline Airtours International .


In addition, the company used up to two Piper PA-31 Navajo for internal tasks.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Flight International, March 26, 1988 (PDF)
  2. a b c Leisure Airlines of Europe, K. Vomhof, 2001
  3. JP airline-fleets international, Edition 88/89
  4. ^ Flight International, November 4, 1989
  5. JP airline-fleets international, Edition 93/94
  6. ^ The Independent, Airtours sues former owners of Aspro
  7. JP airline-fleets international, Edition 94/95
  8. JP airline-fleets international, various years