Flybe to stop Liverpool - Glasgow airport service
Passengers and members of the business community in Liverpool have voiced their disappointment that budget airline Flybe's plans to cancel its service between Liverpool and Glasgow Airport. The flights were only launched less than 6 months ago.
Flybe, who are based at Exeter airport, plan to stop their service between Liverpool John Lennon to Glasgow airport, after deciding its aircraft could be better utilised elsewhere. A spokesman for Flybe said: 'Unfortunately the route hasn't performed as well as we'd hoped.
'We were hoping to get people out of cars and onto the plane, but we've not had the passenger numbers to make it work and we can use the aircraft more efficiently on other routes. The flight is being phased out towards the end of summer and won't appear in our winter programme.'
Stewart Prentice, a project manager for a chemical manufacturing firm, said of the flights: 'I flew the route last weekend and the flight out was about 50% full, the return flight about 75% full.'
But Prentice added: 'When I spoke to Flybe they said the route is not proving economical. Their flights are so cheap that it isn't surprising. With tickets for 79p or £1.30 per passenger before taxes, they can't make money on it.'
Stephen Pearse, transport policy specialist for the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, said: 'It's particularly disappointing because it started off with once a day and they increased it to twice. There was a morning flight and an early evening flight in both directions so people could travel, do business for a full day and get back.'
Flybe launched its first flight from Liverpool John Lennon in February of this year with a service to Belfast. Flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Jersey followed soon after.
Robin Tudor, corporate affairs manager for Liverpool John Lennon, said: 'Flybe have assured us that the cessation of their Glasgow service is not a reflection of Merseyside or the airport. They have been pleased with their operations as a whole from here.'
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