EasyJet has dropped some services to London Gatwick just two days after announcing that it was upping its service to the airport.
On Monday the airline announced it was to boost flights between Isle of Man and London Gatwick with five additional flights per week from March 2014 - which it said would mean double daily services each week day.
However, today (Wednesday) it announced its summer schedule for the period June 16 to September 14.
It has withdrawn the morning flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 12.
Pressure group TravelWatch has described the announcement as ‘unbelievable’.
A TravelWatchspokesman said: ‘The move will shock our hoteliers and all those involved with the hospitality industry in any way, will be offering no Saturday Gatwick/Isle of Man flights at all between these dates – a loss of around 350 seats each Saturday over summer 2013.
‘EasyJet, which we are told “continues to support the island residents and businesses” has already scheduled reduced services for the coming winter.
‘On the London Gatwick route there are no Tuesday or Wednesday services between November 6 and December 18 and between January 7 and February 12.
‘Similarly there are no Liverpool flights on Tuesdays between November 12 and December 3, and, in the New Year no Tuesday or Wednesday Liverpool flights between January 7 and 29.
‘This is desperate news for passengers and Manx businesses alike. What do the Isle of Man Government propose to do in the face of this serious service reduction?’
Tomorrow’s Manx Independent includes a front-page story about the island’s air links to London.