Ryanair to discontinue all Fuerteventura flights - Birmingham,East Midlands Airport News

Airport news for Birmingham,East Midlands on 11/12/2008.

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The Irish low-cost carrier has confirmed that from 31 January it will cease operations between airports in the UK and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, following an unresolved dispute with a tourism promotion group there.

Flights that will be discontinued include 23 scheduled weekly services, originating from the Birmingham, East Midlands, Liverpool and Stansted airports in England and from Shannon airport in Ireland. Ryanair has already stopped flying to Fuerteventura from Dublin.

According to Ryanair, the local tourism promotion group AEI has failed to meet the terms of its agreement to promote Fuerteventura as a tourist destination.

"This is a very black day for Fuerteventura and one which will have a severe impact on tourism and the livelihoods of its islanders," said Ryanair’s deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley.

In November, Ryanair announced that it would stop flying to the resort, giving AEI 30 days’ notice "to remedy their contract breach."

In 2007, the carrier flew 250,000 passengers on the route.

After a recent row with the local tourism authority in Valencia, Ryanair cut service to that Spanish city, and has also ceased its thrice-weekly flights from Durham Tees Valley to Alicante, also in Spain.

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