Ireland West Airport not impacted by collapse of Flybmi

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Ireland West Airport not impacted by collapse of Flybmi

Following the collapse of airline, Flybmi, last week fears had been expressed with regard how this would impact on local services.

A statement issued by Flybe confirms they are separate companies and flights operating out of Ireland West Airport will not be impacted.

A statement issued by Flybe said: "Flybe, who operates from Ireland West Airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester wishes to advise passengers we are very sorry to hear about the situation with the competing British regional airline Flybmi and our thoughts are with their employees during these difficult times. Flybe has NOTHING to do with Flybmi and our flights continue to operate as normal.

"The two airlines are completely separate carriers and Flybe services are in no way affected by the situation relating to FLYBMI."

The situation is less clear for City of Derry Airport (CoDA) who have issued the following statement on their website: "CoDA has been informed that flybmi has been placed into administration. Therefore flybmi will with immediate effect no longer operate the London Stansted service. If you have seats booked on this service please do not travel to the airport."

"We are reviewing options for resuming the service with another airline as soon as possible."

On Saturday Flybmi issued a statement announcing it had ceased operations and is filing for administration

A spokesperson for flybmi said: "It is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement today. The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme. These issues have undermined efforts to move the airline into profit. Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe. Additionally, our situation mirrors wider difficulties in the regional airline industry which have been well documented.

"Against this background, it has become impossible for the airline’s shareholders to continue their extensive programme of funding into the business, despite investment totalling over £40m in the last six years. We sincerely regret that this course of action has become the only option open to us, but the challenges, particularly those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable."

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