Spanish carrier Spanair ceased operations on Friday (January 27) when Qatar Airways pulled out of months of negotiations to take over the loss-making airline and the Catalonian government refused any further support. Spanair, which was founded in 1986, is Spain’s fourth largest airline employing 2,000 people and flying nearly 13 million passengers in 2011. Some 200 flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers were stranded – the government has stated it may fine the airline €9 million and cancel its licence for the abrupt grounding of its fleet. The Catalonia government has created a special committee to handle the suspension

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