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21 MAY 2012
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Airlines continue to be less than ambitious when it comes to announcing route cancellations and therefore Virgin Atlantic are to be applauded for confirming that their Heathrow – Nairobi service is to be dropped from 23 September. This leaves British Airways and Kenya Airways on the route.
Chief Commercial Officer Julie Southern said: “We have taken the difficult decision to withdraw our services between London and Nairobi. Despite the best efforts of our employees, external factors including the high price of fuel, increasing aviation taxes in the UK and insufficient passenger numbers throughout the past five years have contributed to the decision.” Unanswered is what will happen to the slots and the Airbus A340 used on the service. Things could change. Virgin has twice cancelled Chicago and twice reinstated.
Flybe is dropping Belfast City – Bristol from 10 June. SIA is to cancel Athens – Abu Dhabi "before the end of the year".
Also dropping a major route is Lufthansa who is to cancel its twice daily London City – Munich flights from 26 October, the end of the summer season. Munich is served by 56 flights a week out of Heathrow, 19 from Birmingham and 20 Manchester. French readers should note Air Austral is dropping its St. Denis de la Reunion – Sydney – Noumea service from 12 August. www.airfrance.com www.virgin-atlantic.com www.lufthansa.com
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