Sky Bahamas was granted an injunction on Wednesday against the company that locked its owner and principal out of its hangar, according to court documents shared with The Nassau Guardian.
In August, Sky Bahamas was evicted from its offices at the airport by AOG Maintenance Company Ltd.
The injunction was granted by Justice Keith Thompson.
“There was an injunction, Sky Bahamas was a plaintiff against a company that said they were the owners of a hangar and monies were owed in rent,” SkyBahamas Chief Executive Officer Captain Randy Butler told Guardian Business yesterday.
“I thank God that there’s a court and even in The Bahamas, when a person is being denied due process and denied natural justice that you can still depend on the court system. It is long and slow but they made a decision. Even when decisions are made that are not favored, I would abide by them, so this is just the beginning of us getting things in order and the start of that.”
Butler said now that his company has been granted an injunction, he will be seeking relief through the courts.
“This is a good day and a start that we can assess and see the loss or how much of a loss. There was definitely a loss and there are parts and things in there, documents, lots and lots of money in there that we had to check on because I’m the accountable manager that had to give account. Airplane parts you have to maintain them, you can’t go anywhere and buy them and there are certain rules, regulations about the preservation of them and they have calendar as well as cycle hour inspections and we were not able to do some of that, so that’s a loss. So, this is the beginning of us kind of restructuring and taking a look at how we go from here,” he said.
“These things are legal in nature, so a lot of it you can’t talk about, just to say that we are going to follow the rules and we are going to look to the courts for relief where there is and where there isn’t, we can sit down and talk with anybody and resolve any issue, that would be our preference and we will do that. The livelihoods of a lot of folks depends on this, 67 staff went home when the BCAA (Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority) decided for whatever reason to not renew Sky Bahamas’ aircraft operator certificate, while Sky Bahamas had at all times been compliant with all applicable regulations.”
On July 8, the airline was grounded due to its lack of an air operator certificate (AOC) following several meetings with the BCAA.
Butler has said that the airline lost millions of dollars in fixed costs and expected revenue and has also taken a major hit to its reputation since its planes have been grounded.