BA’s last international flight from Manchester Airport tomorrow

25.10.2008   (Crains)

By James Chapelard

British Airways (BA) is to fly its last direct international flight from Manchester
Airport tomorrow morning after scrapping services to New York.

From Sunday, the airline will not fly any direct international routes from any
UK regional airport, with traffic instead being directed through its Gatwick and
Heathrow hubs.

The 10am flight from Manchester will mark the end of an era when BA flew regular
international flights from regional hubs, including Manchester.

BA announced it was scrapping its daily Manchester – New York service in April,
citing a lack of business travellers on the route.

It said the route was unprofitable despite good numbers of leisure and economy
travellers. The New York service will now be moved to Gatwick. Manchester Airport
said it was disappointed with the move but hoped that other carriers could take
up the capacity.

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