NI and Scottish air links could be restored

By by Adrian Darbyshire adrian.darbyshire@iomtoday.co.im Twitter:@iomAdrian in Transport

Airport director Ann Reynolds says she is already in talks with a number of airlines following the shock closure of Citywing.

And she says she is confident that services can be restored to Northern Ireland and Scotland at least.

Meanwhile, passenger watchdog TravelWatch has described the demise of Citywing as a ’real blow’.

And the loss of the air operator could have a wider impact on jobs at the airport.

Citywing employed about 10 staff but its handling agent Rendezvous employs about 12 to 15.

Rendezvous provides other services such as SpeedyPark and the Executive Lounge. Staff were informed last night and are expected to learn early next week what impact the loss of the handling service will have on jobs.

Terry Liddiard, aviation spokesman for TravelWatch said: ’The news of the termination of all Citywing services comes as a real blow - to the island, to their dedicated staff, and to the hundreds of passengers who have been travelling with them every month on services which, until its recent difficulties, have proved to be reliable and punctual.

’The well publicised loss of its airline operator - something totally outside Citywing’s control - has proved to be too big a hurdle to overcome.’

He added: ’The Citywing routes played an important role for the Isle of Man, and it is hoped that an alternative operator can be found as soon as possible.’

Airport director Ms Reynolds said: ’I’m already talking to a number of airlines and looking at routes to support the leisure and business markets.

’I’m confident we will get something for Northern Ireland and Scotland. Other routes will take a slightly second step.’

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Fell · 14 days ago · Report

Looks like better news on some routes from here - with Eastern Airways.

ET · 14 days ago · Report

Fell, yes, I noticed too the obvious lack of factual content as against the BBC's intention to generate additional interest as against more mundane facts. Shaping public perception is a fairly simple process if you provide information via media, visual, audio or written. It's the adults approach to a child's comic. Matters in the public interest made more interesting than the facts denote.

Fell · 14 days ago · Report

ET the other comment on the BBC was that the Cardiff-Anglesey route has already got a new provider. What interested me is that the BBC did not mention the withdrawal of route licences by the CAA which might have been more of a story.

Conch · 14 days ago · Report

Some cannot comprehend anything beyond TT/MGP/. you know the rest. This island can only regain any Entrepreneurial dynamism, bringing with it jobs/growth by fully removing the hand of the state from interfering in tourism/nationalism. For decades this has destroyed what was left of iom, public sector with all its pointless non-productive jobs has to be drastically cut back to allow entrepeneurs to build businesses,create jobs and increase prosperity for all; and not just those on 2 wheels!

ET · 14 days ago · Report

I've no doubt given a little time MS Reynolds will secure replacement services. I notice with regret the BBC News website coverage of CityWings demise this morning. Typical tabloid dross with referral to groups affected centred around motorbike racers, their families & friends. We must be the only race track in existence with our own island. They say perception is everything so maybe curiosity alone can fuel static tourism performance. What a waste of a beautiful place.

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