The economic climate post-Brexit has been blamed for a planned new route from City of Derry Airport to Dublin being scrapped. Derry Airport staff have now confirmed that the Citywing route will now not go ahead.
An Airport spokesperson said that the new route was due to be part-funded by the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund, but also required additional funding.
She said: “The impact of the referendum vote in favour of Brexit has led to significant devaluation in the pound sterling, given that the airline industry operates in euro and dollars. “The economics of the route deteriorated to a position which has made the operation of this route commercially difficult.”
She added: “While this is clearly disappointing news for the Airport and for the passengers that have expressed an interest in this service, the Airport acknowledges the strong demand for a Dublin service and remains committed to continue discussions with a number of other carriers in an effort to secure this routes.”
A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said it is “disappointed that the Dublin route will not operate from the local Airport” but said that “it remains committed to working closely with CODA and key stakeholders to continue discussions with a number of other carriers for this and other air routes”.