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LTE suspends flights from Spain

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Airline officials say LTE suspended flights Saturday, leaving an estimated 750 travelers to find other ways home from Spain and the Canary Islands.

The Spanish-based airline said financial difficulties forced it to ground its fleet of seven 180-passenger Airbus A320s, The Daily Telegraph reported.

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LTE canceled its own scheduled flights and those of a range of tour operators who chartered LTE planes throughout Europe, the Telegraph said.

LTE is not in liquidation or bankruptcy, said LTE managing director Michael Harrington, apologizing to customers for the disruption.

"After 20 years of service you can imagine that is a very sorry blow for LTE and its staff," Harrington said.

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