|Ceased operations||29 August 2018|
|Focus cities||EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg|
|Company slogan||Flights made in Switzerland|
|Key people||Martin Inäbnit, CEO|
SkyWork Airlines was a Swiss airline with its head office in Belp near Bern and its base at Bern Airport. It primarily operated scheduled flights to destinations across Europe, with additional charter operations throughout the summer months. The airline declared bankruptcy on 29 August 2018 and ceased all operations the same day.
The last of three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 has left the fleet, being transferred to Air Berlin by October 2014. Also in October 2014, London-Southend replaced London-City as SkyWork's destination for London. By April 2015, SkyWork announced a decrease in their London operations from 12 return flights per week to 9 per week.
In November 2015, SkyWork announced the termination of their ACMI contract with Darwin Airline by December 2015. As all other services will be taken over, scheduled flights to London-Southend were terminated due to capacity restrictions. At the same time, SkyWork announced the retirement of their fleet of Dornier 328-110s by autumn 2017 as these are gradually replaced with Saab 2000s. Since October 2016, SkyWork has had an interline agreement with Air France-KLM, integrating Bern into that group's global network through Amsterdam.
In October 2017, SkyWork called off plans for extensive scheduled operations from Sion Airport to several European cities catering for skiing tourism due to low demand. At the same time, the airline also cancelled its service from Basel to London City Airport.
On 16 October 2017, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (BAZL) announced it would to terminate SkyWork's air operator's certificate after October if the airline fails to provide sufficient funds to operate the upcoming winter schedule as the airline may lack the financial background needed to maintain its services.
As the licence renewal did not take place until the end of the summer schedule, SkyWork Airlines was forced to cancel all flights for the first day of the winter schedule on 29 October 2017. On the same day, SkyWork had to extend the cancellation until 31 October. They also announced they had not yet found an investor to support the company and will continue the search. It was stated that base operations out of Bern Airport alone are not financially viable. Competitor Adria Airways announced that it would take over some metropolitan routes in case of the airline's demise.
On the evening of 29 August 2018, SkyWork Airlines declared bankruptcy after failed negotiations with a new investor. The airline ceased all operations and handed back its operating license to the authorities.
SkyWork Airlines operated scheduled flights to Western European cities as well as partially seasonal leisure destinations in Southern Europe from its home base in Bern as well as a smaller summer seasonal focus city in Basel.
As of August 2018, the SkyWork Airlines fleet comprised the following aircraft:
|Embraer 170||—||1||80||was to be acquired during 2018|
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