XL 'to cut Gatwick-Knock route'
Wed, 06 Aug, 2008
UK airline XL Airways will stop flights between London Gatwick and Ireland West Airport Knock, according to reports.
The Herald newspaper said the service will cease on September 2nd because of what it describes as changing market conditions.
XL Airways is part of AX Leisure Group, which is Britain's third-biggest tour operator. It currently flies between Gatwick and Ireland six times a week.
Phil Aird-Mash, the company's chief executive officer, said XL frequently reviews it routes in order to meet the core needs of customers.
Robert Grealis, chief executive of the airport in County Mayo, told the Belfast Telegraph that the news was "disappointing" but was a sign that the aviation industry has entered a difficult period.
The carrier began flights from Gatwick to West Airport Knock last autumn and was the only airline operating the route.
XL Airways flies to dozens of destinations in Europe and Africa, and operates long-haul services to the US, Canada and the Caribbean.