Loganair to suspend Manchester route
Loganair, which operates the flight, has decided to ‘take a break’ on the route between January 5 and May 21.
The eagerly anticipated route was launched in May this year. There had previously been a flight between CoDA and Manchester which ended in 2011.
The new service was heralded as a milestone in helping ensure CoDA’s viability into the future.
Loganair also operates a Glasgow service from Derry.
Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan said: “Our forecasts indicate that bookings will be low over the post-New Year period, so we’ve taken the decision to take a break on the route from January 5 until May 21.”
The company will run some flights between CoDA and Manchester at Easter.
Ms Ryan said: “We apologise for inconvenience to anyone who has already booked travel during this seasonal stop in the service.
“Customers who are affected are now being contacted and offered a full refund or a transfer to an alternative service to Manchester from either Belfast International or Belfast City.”
A spokesperson from City of Derry Airport confirmed that Loganair have made changes to their operational schedule for Winter 2019, effective from October 27, 2019.
The spokesperson said: “These changes have resulted in reduced capacity on the Manchester service over the winter period. Additional Manchester services will then be added in Summer 2020 – commencing on April 5.
“City of Derry Airport would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”