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Farewell to London City route – with 63 passengers all day

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AURIGNY’S last London City flights flew yesterday.

The ATR 42 Aurigny has been leased since April 2015 primarily for use on the London City link. It flew the route for the last time in the airline’s colours yesterday, but, as has been the norm, it was not carrying many passengers. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 19695375)

A total of 63 passengers took advantage of the day’s two rotations – a number which reflected the lack of demand and empty seats that have beset the route.

Aurigny has pulled the loss-making route, which has been operating for two years, as part of efforts to control its mounting debts and get back to an operating profit.

‘Of course, we will be sad to see the final flight to London City this evening, but there were a number of key reasons behind the decision,’ a spokesman said.

‘One of the most significant, unfortunately, was the lack of demand on the route, with over 50% of seats empty, despite a sustained promotion of the route.’

Since the announcement that the route would be ending, the island’s business community has spoken out against the move, saying it is vital for Guernsey to remain easy to reach for business customers.

Aurigny has said it would be for businesses to make the case for the route to re-open.

Full story in yesterday's Guernsey Press

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