Ryanair has confirmed its long-term commitment to Bournemouth Airport despite its decision to implement a hiatus on flights during the winter.
Blaming the air passenger duty tax introduced by the government, the cheap flights carrier will suspend services to and from the south coast airport during November, December and January.
However, the airline has outlined his long-term plans to its Bournemouth-based crew, with a full schedule resuming in February. This includes flights to Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria and Malaga.
Rob Goldsmith, Bournemouth Airport’s managing director, said the airport is feeling the effects of "the longest downturn in the UK aviation industry since the war".
"Leisure trips have been particularly badly affected and with so much economic gloom and uncertainty, people have been cutting back on overseas short breaks, or second and third holidays," he commented.
Mr Goldsmith went on to say that, while he was disappointed by Ryanair’s decision to stop its winter flights, he was looking forward to the airport’s ongoing partnership with the airline.
Earlier this month, Ryanair launched its Leeds Bradford winter schedule, which includes cheap flights to Barcelona, Fuerteventura and Gdansk.