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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Flybe to end route from Shannon

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Pat Flynn

Shannon Airport has been dealt a blow with news that Europe's largest regional airline is pulling out, only months after recommencing operations from there.

Flybe was the first new airline that Shannon Airport managed to secure after it was granted independence from the Dublin Airport Authority at the beginning of the year.

In January, the company announced a new three-times-a-week service to Glasgow, with the first flights taking off in May. The route is understood to have performed particularly well during the summer, but it will be ended in the new year.

The embattled UK-based airline has confirmed that the last date of operation of this route will be January 5, 2014.

Shannon councillor Patricia McCarthy said: "This is not totally unexpected given the company's financial difficulties, but I would hope if Flybe can turn things around that they will consider reopening the route."

Flybe has also confirmed it plans to withdraw its summer-only service from Edinburgh to Ireland West Knock airport.

The airline says it is "seeking to re-accommodate passengers on alternative flights at no additional expense and with as little additional inconvenience to travel plans as is possible".

Irish Independent

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