What's happening to the Derry to Dublin flights?

An Isle of Man based airline last night refused to comment on whether flights from Derry to Dublin are to start operating in April.

Friday, 19th February 2016, 7:56 am
Updated Friday, 19th February 2016, 3:29 pm

‘Citywing’ was due to start operating twice daily flights from Derry to Dublin. There were also plans to provide flights to the Isle of Man twice a week.

However, yesterday when the ‘Journal’ checked the airline’s website there was no facility to book flights from Derry to Dublin and no mention of the planned route!

And when we contacted the company’s reservation telephone line, to ask how to book a flight from Derry to Dublin, we were the told that the airline had enquired about the flight however the route had never been confirmed. One of our readers told us they had contacted ‘Citywing’ and asked about Derry to Dublin flight.

“I was told they are not operating this route and have no plans to operate this route,” he said.

“Their website has no mention of the flights.”

In November last year it was announced that flights to Dublin from City of Derry airport had been reinstated. The Derry-Dublin flight had previously been operated by both Aer Lingus and Aer Arran but was curtailed on the grounds that it was not commercially viable without Irish Government subsidies.

A spokesperson for City of Derry Airport explained that discussions were at an advanced stage and “we are confident the route will be operational by early Spring. “Citywing’ said they had no comment to make at this stage regarding flights from Derry to Dublin.