FLYBE to drop Knock – Birmingham route.

‘Commercial reasons’ for decision, says airport.

Sligo News File Online.

FLYBEFLYBE is to discontinue its passenger service between Knock airport and Birmingham from next March.
The British based low-cost carrier has operated four weekly flights from Ireland West to Birmingham since the route was reactivated in 2013. Its service between Ireland West and Manchester is to continue as normal.

A spokesperson for the airport said the FLYBE decision, understood to be for ‘commercial reasons’, was outside the control of Ireland West and that the airport was already in talks to secure replacement carriers for the Knock to Birmngham route.

The Birmingham region of England, the spokesperson said, was currently well served by Ryanair which operates into East Midlands, a distance of 40 miles from Birmingham.

Speaking at the launch of the FLYBE service to Birminghan at the end of 2013, the company’s head of PR, Niall Duffy said “…given we are already the biggest airline at Birmingham airport, when we learnt of the opportunity to offer the route it was an obvious and natural extension to our network. We look forward to welcoming
thousands of new passengers onto the service and are pleased to be able to step into the breach.”

Minister of State, Michael Ring, welcoming the announcement of the service,  described it as ‘…another possitive development in the year of the Gathering.”

Airport Managing Director, Joe Gilmore said the Birmingham service had long been one of the most established routes from the airport “with over 50,000 passengers using the services each year.”

The spokesperson for the airport said this afternoon that FLYBE is to cease its Ireland West-Birmngham service from 28 March 2015.