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Citywing air link between City of Derry and Dublin airport scrapped due to Brexit impact

By Margaret Canning

Published 19/08/2016

The impact of Brexit has been blamed.
The impact of Brexit has been blamed.

A proposed air link between City of Derry and Dublin airports has been shelved due to the impact of Brexit, it's been announced.

Isle of Man airline Citywing was to start up the link using money from the Government's regional air connectivity fund. But the airport has now said the route will not go ahead.

A spokeswoman for the airport said the route required additional funding, as well as the money from the government source. She said: "The impact of the referendum vote in favour of Brexit has led to significant devaluation in the pound sterling.

"Given that the airline industry operates in euro and dollars, the economics of the route deteriorated to a position which has made the operation of this route commercially difficult."

She said that while the news was "disappointing" for passengers and the airport, it was in discussions with other carriers to secure the Dublin to Londonderry route.

A spokesman for Derry City and Strabane District Council said the news was disappointing but that it "remains committed to continue discussions with a number of other carriers in an effort to secure this routes".

The new route was announced in November last year but was never introduced. Irish airlines Aer Arann and Aer Lingus previously flew between the two cities.

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