Falcon Air Goes Out of Business

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Falcon Air Goes Out of Business

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http://www.theledger.com/article/201506 ... /150609445

Falcon Air Goes Out of Business
Move kills plans for charter company to set up commercial flights in Lakeland
Christopher Guinn
Monday, June 8, 2015

LAKELAND

Falcon Air Express relinquished its FAA air carrier certificate Friday, permanently grounding plans for the Miami-based charter company to establish commercial flights out of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport later this year.

City Manager Doug Thomas had briefed city commissioners in April on the potential deal with the company. At the time, city leaders refused to comment on the possible deal, citing its tentative nature.

Since then, faith in the company's ability to provide the service waned and the airport stepped back from the negotiations, Airport Manager Gene Conrad said.

"We saw this coming during our due diligence phase," Conrad said, leading to a slowdown in the talks.

Calls to Falcon Air on Monday afternoon were not answered.

In a hand-delivered letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, dated June 5, airline President Nelson Ramiz Sr. wrote, "We are voluntarily surrendering (the air carrier certificate) without malice or requirement by the FAA to do so. The effective date is June 5, 2015."

Ramiz told the FAA "the company is being dissolved."

The company has been embroiled in numerous lawsuits by former employees who claim breach of contract, violation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and sexual harassment, among other complaints.

The company also recently lost a lucrative contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and at least one of the company's McDonnell Douglas MD-83 jets was repossessed while in Lakeland.

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