Flybe to cut down flights further from Isle of Man

Published on : Monday, December 9, 2013

images6-300x166Owing to austerity measures Flybe will fly to only three destinations namely Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham from the Isle of Man in the UK.
The airline this week announced more cuts to routes, which came as another blow following the news that the airline’s base at Ronaldsway would close, with the loss of 49 jobs.
The airline will withdraw its four-times-daily service to Gatwick in March after it sold its slots at the London airport to budget airline easyJet.
Announcing its summer timetable (from March 30 to October 25), the airline said it would be withdrawing its routes to Bristol, Luton and Jersey.
It also listed Southampton as a summer route that was being withdrawn – even though it pulled the plug on that service back in July.
Direct flights to Gatwick also end in March after the airline sold its slots at the terminal to budget airline easyJet.
When Flybe closes its base at Ronaldsway, the island of Man could lose its early morning flights.
Flybe’s chief commercial officer Paul Simmons said: ‘We have taken a long hard look at all the routes we fly from the Isle of Man to make sure they are what our customers really want and that they operate at the best possible times for everyone.
‘The extent of our regional network means that no other airline has the regional and onward international connectivity offered by Flybe.’
Passengers affected by the changes are being contacted and offered, where possible, an alternative Flybe flight or a full refund on their ticket.

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