Belfast Telegraph

Ryanair to begin flights from Londonderry to Edinburgh

By Donna Deeney

Ryanair is axing its flights from City of Derry Airport to Glasgow from November.

Instead, the airline will fly into Edinburgh from the north west airport.

Ryanair announced it was cutting 20 routes into Glasgow Airport from its winter schedule and that only flights from Dublin, Wroclaw and Krakow would continue after October.

Five alternative routes to Edinburgh will then be introduced including flights from City of Derry.

An airport spokeswoman said: "City of Derry Airport can confirm that Ryanair have launched a new service from Edinburgh to City of Derry Airport in winter 2018.

"Ryanair's existing route from Glasgow International Airport will switch to Edinburgh Airport from October 28.

Ryanair is blaming air passenger duty (APD), the £13 tax on all departing passengers aged 16 or over, for pulling out of Glasgow.

It said efforts to stimulate low-fare demand were hampered by the tax.

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