After receiving widespread criticism for arriving to Senate hearings regarding the auto bailout via private jet, General Motors has announced today that they will be suspending the use of their corporate jets. Scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2009, the new company policy will terminate the operation of General Motors Air Transportation Services (GMATS) at Detroit Metro Airport. In addition to placing all four of the airplanes currently in GM’s fleet up for sale, the company will also begin seeking a tenant to assume responsibility for the remainder of their lease.
Full press release after the jump
GM Ceasing Corporate Aviation Operations
DETROIT — GM today announced that it is ceasing operations at General Motors Air Transportation Services (GMATS) at Detroit Metro Airport.
Due to significant cutbacks over the past months, GM travel volume no longer justifies a dedicated corporate aircraft operation.
GM is currently exploring options for transferring its aircraft to another operator. The company is pursuing sale of four of the aircraft so it can terminate the leases.
GM will shutter the facility at Metro Airport effective January 1, 2009. GM will work with the airport to seek a tenant for the balance of the lease, which expires in 2009.