Linksair have regrettably had to announce the suspension of its Cardiff-Norwich service. As part of the requirements of operating the Welsh Government PSO service to Anglesey twice daily from Cardiff, any additional commercial service must operate autonomous from the PSO service and cover all its operating costs from the outset. In the two months since the service commenced, the service was not likely to deliver profitability in the very short term.
This aligned to there also being no apparent revision of the UK domestic Air Passenger Duty (APD) levy in the short term which accounts for GBP26.00 of any return air fare even on short domestic flights has combined for Linksair to need to take this disappointing yet appropriate decision.
Passengers booked are currently being advised and will be refunded in full over the coming weeks as all bookings are processed.
This revision has no impact on the increasingly successful Cardiff-Anglesey twice daily weekday service which has seen considerable passenger growth averaging over 40% year on year versus the previous operator and passenger number now exceeding 1,000 per month for the past three months and forecast to do so again in June. This will see the average first half-year passenger numbers at their highest since 2009.
Linksair has also amended its Doncaster-Isle of Man programme following a very busy TT period with almost 400 passengers carried over the three week race period. With the change in short-term strategy to support the growing charter, ad-hoc and contract market-place, aircraft capacity was required elsewhere so flights through July onward have been taken off-sale.
A 2016 TT programme will be added for sale shortly, offering Robin-Hood Doncaster-Sheffield Airport and the potential of further UK-departure points to help early bookers plan their 2016 Isle of Man TT visit. We will announce details once finalised.
Issued: 16th June 2015