Flybe unlikely to launch rival London City route

Flybe aircraft at Isle of Man Airport

Flybe aircraft at Isle of Man Airport

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It’s unlikely that Flybe are to launch a rival Isle of Man to London City service from September, Ronaldsway airport’s director has said.

Ann Reynolds said ‘no discussions’ have taken place with the airline about the route.

It comes after Airport Coordination Limited, which allocates slots at London City, published a report last week indicating Flybe had acquired three daily slots for the route.

BA CityFlyer increased the number of return flights on the vital route from one to three each weekday yesterday (Monday).

Ms Reynolds said: ‘We are not expecting Flybe to start a London City route.

‘We are very happy to see BA CityFlyer back.’

A Flybe spokesman said: ‘Flybe is in discussions with a number of airports regarding the potential development of new bases, in line with its strategy communicated in November 2013 and during its recent firm placing and open offer.

‘No final decisions have been made as yet. Flybe will issue further announcements as appropriate.’

BA CityFlyer announced it was increasing the frequency of flights to London City after eGaming company Microgaming agreed to underwrite the route.

• Flybe has confirmed it will continue to operate the early morning and evening flights to Liverpool, essential for patients travelling to hospital appointments in the north-west of England.

Health Minister Howard Quayle said: ‘The department has continued to work with Flybe in the run up to the closure of its on-island base to secure the schedule.’

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