City of Derry airport has confirmed that the low-cost airline Ryanair is to cease operating its Birmingham flight from the local airport, as of Thursday 29th November. This is earlier than the expected end date of March 22nd, 2015.
In a statement, a spokesperson said, “City of Derry Airport have been in extensive discussions with Ryanair regarding the summer schedule for 2015 and during these meetings it became clear that the airline would not be operating the Birmingham route next year.
“This is clearly disappointing news for the airport and for those passengers that are booked onto services that will now not operate and who regularly use the route.”
Explaining the move, they continued, “We understand that the decision by Ryanair to cease services on this route is part of a wider review by the airline of their winter network where they have reduced services and frequencies on over thirty other routes. City of Derry Airport understands the need for Ryanair to achieve high levels of load factor and looks forward to achieving, maintaining and sustaining the required levels on their remaining UK routes to London, Glasgow and Liverpool.
“City of Derry Airport also recognises that there is still a strong demand for a Birmingham service and is in discussions with a number of other carriers whose aircraft will potentially be better suited to service the Birmingham route. The airport’s new route to Glasgow International started operations on 26th October and will present a more convenient destination and access point to Scotland.”
Regional & City Airport’s Contracts Director, Clive Coleman, added, “We have fantastic facilities on our doorstep and it is essential everyone takes advantage of their local airport for their travel to England and Scotland. Approximately 400,000 passengers travelled to and from CoDA in 2013 and we look forward to continuing to serve the people in our area”.