Palmair becomes to second airline to ditch winter flights

Airport news for Bournemouth,Flights on 27/08/2010.

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Palmair has become the second airline to pull its winter flights from Bournemouth Airport. Palmair is cancelling all of its flights in November, December and January. The move comes just months after a new £45-million terminal was launched at Bournemouth Airport and follows a similar decision by Ryanair.

It was only in June that Bournemouth Airport opened the new terminal amidst dropping passenger numbers. Since then, both airlines, concerned about a lack of bookings, have reviewed their positions at the airport. Following Ryanair’s winter pullout, Palmair said it needed to reconsider its position. David Skillicorn, managing director at Palmair, said most of its bookings are for last-minute flight deals. As a result, the airline cannot be certain about the level of demand over the winter.

Ryanair says the air passenger tax has hit travel volumes and blames this for it having suspended its winter flights out of Bournemouth. The airport maintains confidence that both Ryanair and Palmair will remain committed to the airport over the long term. Stephen Turner, commercial director at Bournemouth Airport, said that Thomson is still operating its full winter flight schedule and Thomas Cook will be operating flights in November.

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