Flybe pulls out of City of Derry Airport
Airline Flybe has confirmed that it has pulled out of City of Derry Airport after just a year of operations.
Flybe’s summer routes from the airport, only introduced in 2011, have been removed from the airline’s summer schedule for this year.
The blow comes less than a year after Aer Arann’s Dublin services from Derry and three other Irish airports were scrapped after the withdrawal of subsidies from the Irish government.
Flybe’s introduction of new routes from Derry to Manchester and Paris last year was widely heralded as a vote of confidence ahead of the City of Culture year in 2013.
In a statement yesterday the airline, which is the UK’s number one domestic carrier, confirmed that the arrangement was not deemed viable enough to repeat.
A spokeswoman for the publicly-owned City of Derry Airport confirmed that neither service would be operating in 2012.
She said they hoped to get the flights reinstated for the City of Culture year in 2013.