20 MARCH 2017

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Article from BTNews 20 MARCH 2017

Citywing forced to close

Isle of Man-based Citywing has been forced to close after aircraft supplier Van Air Europe’s licence for UK flights was suspended by the CAA. Citywing said it had been unable to source more aircraft to operate its services.

The company sold seats on scheduled flights flown under charter and had been serving the Isle of Man, Jersey, Anglesey, Belfast, Blackpool, Cardiff, Cheltenham/Gloucester, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Aviation consultant Terry Liddiard of Isle of Man TravelWatch said: “The news of the termination of CityWing services comes as a real blow to the Island, to the dedicated staff and hundreds of passengers.

“These passengers had been travelling with Citywing every month on services which, until the company’s recent difficulties, had proved to be reliable and punctual.”

The Welsh government said that it had selected Eastern Ailines to assume the Cardiff-Anglesey route. Similarly, the Manx government later chose Eastern to take over and run a daily operation from the Isle of Man to Belfast City and to Newcastle. Service is provided by Jetstream 41 equipment.

Citywing was last in the news in 2015 when it reinstated double-daily flights between the Island and Blackpool Airport, which had closed suddenly in October 2014 and then reopened (BTN 13 April 2015).

www.citywing.com   www.vanair.org

www.travelwatch-isleofman.org

www.easternairways.com

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vernon Lightbody, Douglas IM2 1PQ

Great pity especially the loss of Gloucester route Clients Living west of Heathrow and Gatwick on day trips for business greatly affected. They had free parking at Gloucester airport Ronaldsway by 10a.m returning at 5p.m


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