ERNIR AIRLINES ISAFERDI, H. F.: Iceland (1991-1997). Flugfe-lag Ernir (established in 1969 as a regional carrier) is reformed in 1991 and renamed Ernir Airlines Isaferdi by Hordur Gudmundsson, its owner and managing director. The fleet of one de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Piper PA-23 Aztec, and Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain maintain the company’s previous routes linking its base at Isafjordur Airport with Siglufjordur, Olafsfjordur, Grimsey, Husavik, Kopasker, Raufamhofn, Thorshofn, Vopnafjordur, Egilsstadir, and Reykjavik.
Services continue without change in personnel, routes, or equipment during 1992-1994. Unhappily during those years, the company is increasingly unable to maintain its economic viability. It finally is shut down in 1997, with principal owner and Managing Director Gud-mundsson becoming a pilot for another airline.
EROS AIRLINES, LTD.: United Kingdom (1962-1964). Capitalized at ?20,000, this charter carrier is founded at London (LGW) on March 2, 1963. With three ex-Air Safaris, Ltd. Vickers Vikings, revenue services are inaugurated on March 31. Inclusive-tours are flown to a variety of Mediterranean and Scandinavian destinations during the first summer. In December, by order of the U. K.’s Air Transport Licensing Board (ATLB), the company is reorganized, capitalization is increased, and two Vikings are retained.
Although a large number of destinations are served in the summer of 1963, only 10,680 passengers are carried. Only a few additional charters are flown during the winter and early spring of 1964; unable to obtain an “E” license for its operations, the company is forced to cease operations on April 4.