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Loganair axes Derry to Glasgow route  25.09.08

THE Inishowen-Scottish community has been disappointed with the announcement that Loganair is to cease operating its service from City of Derry Airport to Glasgow after 29 years. The company has cited rising fuel costs and an increasingly competitive marketplace for its decision.
The service will continue as normal until October 19 but anyone booked to travel after that date will be contacted by the company in relation to a refund.
Loganair acting ceo David Harrison told the decision to stop the long-running service was taken with regret.
“Due to an increasingly competitive marketplace and the current economic climate of rising fuel costs, it is with regret that Loganair is announcing the withdrawal of its Glasgow to Derry service," said Mr Harrison.
“Loganair has been operating this service for 29 years and we would have liked to do so for many years to come. This is very disappointing news for all concerned but is the result of circumstances beyond our control. We would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this change may cause," he added.
One disappointed customer is Audrey Wyper who travels regularly to see family in Moville.
City of Derry Airport "I am disappointed by this news as I am a regular user of this route. It is also very popular with elderly travellers, tourists and students because of the easy access to transport networks from Glasgow to the rest of Scotland.
Audrey said she will now have to rely on the Ryanair flight to Derry from
Prestwick which is 32 miles from Glasgow city centre.
Loganair said passengers booked to travel on the Derry to Glasgow route after October 19 would get a refund via the travel agent or airline where they made their original booking.
Passengers intending to travel between October 20 and October 25 will receive their refund from British Airways. If their date of travel is after October 25, under Loganair's new franchise agreement, the refund will come from Flybe. In both cases, passengers will be contacted, the company said.
A spokesperson for Derry City Council’s airport authority said it had been advised of the airline's decision to withdraw the service.
"Loganair has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the North West for the past 30 years. While their decision is regrettable it is also understandable following the recent challenges facing the airline industry.
"Loganair were a loyal and valued customer of City of Derry Airport and we will continue to look at opportunities to work with the company in the future," said the spokesperson.
The first flight from Derry to Glasgow International Airport took off from the old Eglinton runway on April 2, 1979, with an eight-seater aircraft. It was to become one of Northern Ireland’s longest-running air routes by a single carrier.
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