The Air Onix airline company has informed passengers through its operators about cancellation of most of its flights during the winter period, offering refunds for tickets purchased. The Interfax Ukraine news agency reported this, citing a passenger that bought tickets for a Kiev-Simferopol flight scheduled for December 28.

"The majority of flights in the winter have been canceled. The flights during the winter were canceled for commercial reasons," an operator told the passenger.

According to the operator, passengers should apply for ticket refunds, and their applications will be considered within 4-5 days. The money should be returned to card accounts within 30 days.

Meanwhile, according to the operator, the airline company’s staff learned about the cancellation of the flights only on Tuesday morning.

The head of the Crimean Council of Ministers, Anatolii Mohyliov, said on Tuesday that if Air Onix, which is based at the Simferopol airport, left the market, it would be replaced by another carrier.

Air Onix suspended flights on December 11 because of, among other things, its debt to airport ground handling companies. The airline company planned to resume Kiev-Simferopol flights on December 19 and later resume flights on its remaining routes, but it did not.

The Air Onix airline company was founded in 2007. It performed its first flight on April 28, 2012. It is based at the Simferopol international airport. It has a fleet of two Boeing 737-500, one Boeing 737-300, and one Boeing 737-400 aircraft. The airline company currently operates regular flights from Simferopol to Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, and Tbilisi and from Kiev to Bratislava and Donetsk.