Girvan and Cameron comment on Ryanair announcement

27 September 2017

South Antrim MP Paul Girvan has expressed disappointment and concern at news that Ryanair have withdrawn their winter schedule between Belfast International Airport and London Gatwick.

Paul Girvan MP

Paul Girvan

Paul Girvan said:

“This is a bitter blow for those who use this route, many of whom use it on a weekly basis for work purposes. As people also think of booking flights for the homeward journey at Christmas time, it will also be acutely felt by those wanting to get back to Northern Ireland.

When news broke of the fiasco within Ryanair our hope was that Northern Ireland would remain unaffected. However, as the scale of the problem became clearer our fears had grown that we may not escape the fallout. Today those fears have become a reality.

Ryanair are a valued operator out of Belfast International and none of us want to see the company making difficult decisions like this. However, I do think it is incumbent on Michael O’Leary to give answers as to how and why we have got to this point, and I along with colleagues on the House of Commons Transport Select Committee will be asking him to come before the Committee to answer the questions disappointed customers are asking.”

Pam Cameron MLA added:

“Belfast International Airport has been experiencing record growth in recent years and while this announcement is undoubtedly disappointing, it is no reflection on the airport and the service it offers to consumers daily. Indeed other operators within the airport are offering this route, and while competition is always healthy, it is good a viable alternative to disappointed Ryanair customers exists.”

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