17 JULY 2017
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UK regional airports faced bad news last week as Air France and United said they were both quitting Glasgow this winter and United said it was cancelling its Birmingham – New York Newark operation from 5 October due to poor financial performance.
Air France returned to the Glasgow – Paris CDG route only in March last year but said it was suspending services owing to poor passenger load factors. The move means easyJet is now the only carrier on the route.
In addition, Glasgow-based passengers hoping to connect with Air France long-haul services out of Paris must now fly out of Edinburgh or undertake the much longer route from Glasgow to Amsterdam and then CDG.
United, which took over the Glasgow – New York Newark route from Continental, blamed falling demand for the decision to suspend flights between 29 October – 4 May but said service will resume on 5 May. Delta now has a monopoly over the winter.
In Birmingham, United told local media it had taken the decision to suspend the New York service because of the route’s poor financial performance. It was not immediately clear whether flights would restart next year.
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