Aurigny cancels all Isle of Man flights

AURIGNY has cancelled its remaining half term services between Guernsey and Isle of Man, after news that the air bridge between the islands was being suspended.

The first Aurigny flight from the Isle of Man arrived into Guernsey Airport in July. (28832943)
The first Aurigny flight from the Isle of Man arrived into Guernsey Airport in July. (28832943)

Now repatriation flights will be operated tomorrow night to get travellers home.

The news comes just the day before a number of sold out flights were to take off and travel between the islands.

Over the next week there were due to be 26 flights between the islands over the next week, of which 15 were sold out.

Aurigny has confirmed it will no longer operate the services.

'We are sad to say that following the announcement from government our further services to the Isle of Man over the half term will be cancelled,' an airline spokesperson said.

'Any customers who travelled to the IOM from Guernsey or to Guernsey from the Isle of Man on Wednesday 21st of October should look out for communication from Aurigny shortly. We will be notifying these customers of the repatriation flight details. The flight will operate on Saturday night and will be the last direct flight between the two destinations for the foreseeable future. We sincerely apologise to all our disappointed customers at this time, unfortunately we are dealing with circumstances outside our control.'

States Chief Executive Paul Whitfield said they were working with Isle of Man, Aurigny and passengers to repatriate islanders. However he urged islanders to give Aurigny time to prepare what to do next, as the decision on the air bridge suspension was only taken shortly before the press conference.

The half term flights followed a successful series of services over the summer, when there were 7,000 passenger movements between the islands between July and September.

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