More route closures at UK airports - Manchester Airport News

Airport news for Manchester on 27/11/2008.

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UK holidaymakers will find fewer destinations to choose from and face higher airfares in the coming year, as airlines cut routes that are unprofitable.

In the past few months, dozens of services have been slashed at UK airports. Ryanair reported last week that it would cease all service to Fuerteventura from 31 January unless Spanish tourism officials did more to promote the destination. The budget airline flies around 250,000 passengers to the Spanish resort annually – from airports around Britain.

Ryanair cut services to Valencia earlier in November, over a similar problem with tourism officials. The carrier had operated flights to Valencia from 10 airports, including Stansted, Liverpool and East Midlands.

The airline has announced that it will begin flying to Alicante and Gerona from Gatwick, it is also discontinuing its service to Alicante from Durham.

Coventry’s Baginton Airport has seen the end of its scheduled services. Thomsonfly has ceased operations from the airport, ending four years of providing low-cost flights to destinations throughout Europe.

Earlier in the month, Manchester airport saw the end of five bmi routes to America and the Caribbean, and shortly thereafter, BA announced the cancellation of its unprofitable Manchester-New York service.

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