Ryanair confirm plans for winter 2010/11

Following a period of consultation with its Bournemouth-based crew, Ryanair has confirmed its long-term commitment to Bournemouth Airport whilst, at the same time, exploring the optimum way of providing a cost-effective service this winter.

A couple of weeks ago, Ryanair announced that it would be reducing flights throughout the UK. The airline has today confirmed that they will be suspending flights to and from Bournemouth during November, December and January, blaming the Government’s Air Passenger Duty tax for this decision. A full schedule will re-commence in February with flights to Alicante, Girona, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife.

Commenting on this announcement, Bournemouth Airport Managing Director, Rob Goldsmith said: “We are currently experiencing the longest downturn in the UK aviation industry since the war. Demand for air travel has been adversely affected this year by a wide range of factors including the sluggish economy recovery, the forthcoming austerity measures, the volcanic ash cloud, the general election, the Euro/Pound exchange rate and increased aviation taxation.

“Leisure trips have been particularly badly affected and with so much economic gloom and uncertainty, people have been cutting back on overseas short breaks, or second and third holidays.

“We are obviously disappointed by this decision, but fully appreciate how tough it is for low-cost airlines to operate profitably, especially in the winter months. However we remain confident that this is a short term set back and that demand in our catchment area will soon pick up, and we look forward to retaining our long term partnership with Ryanair in the future.”

Press enquiries to:

Sally Windsor, External Communications, Bournemouth Airport
Tel: 01202 364106 or 07768 444556 

Email: sally.windsor@bournemouthairport.com

Published on: 15/07/2010 12:00:00

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