19 NOVEMBER 2012

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Article from BTNews 19 NOVEMBER 2012

Waterford Airport problems

Aer Arann, operating as Aer Lingus Regional, is to suspend its services at Waterford Airport in south west Ireland with effect from 6 January 2013.

The routes affected will be Aer Lingus Regional services from Waterford Airport to Luton, Manchester and Southend.  The airline will continue to operate as normal from Waterford up to 6 January 2013.  Passengers with bookings for flights after 6 January 2013 will be contacted directly by the airline in the coming days.

The departure of Aer Lingus/Aer Arann leaves the west of Ireland Airport with just a four times a week Flybe service to Birmingham, itself a fine link, but hardly justifiable in terms of keeping a complex airport operation going.

Graham Doyle, CEO, Waterford Airport said: “No effort is being spared to replace these routes for 2013 and beyond. “While it’s very early days, we are guardedly optimistic that the business case for operating between Waterford and these important destinations will be attractive to another airline, as proved to be the case when Flybe took up the Birmingham route after it was dropped by Aer Arann.

The airport's real problem is its location halfway between Cork and Dublin, both with excellent UK links. www.flywaterford.com

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