Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Airline Taking Flak Decides to Bale out; Flyjet to End Newcastle Charter Flights

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Airline Taking Flak Decides to Bale out; Flyjet to End Newcastle Charter Flights

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Byline: By Sam Wood

AN AIRLINE which ran into a series of problems at Newcastle Airport has announced it is abandoning charter flights.

Flyjet, which operates two Boeing 757 aircraft from Newcastle and Manchester airports, has made the announcement to the Stock Exchange, admitting that delays and cancellations which have beset the company have "proved costly, both financially and in terms of reputation".

The company has a history of technical problems with its Newcastle operation, which infuriated passengers and led to a barrage of complaints to The Journal's website.

An announcement on the company's website said it would stop the flights from October 31, with 50 staff - mainly cabin crew - being made redundant.

It blamed the impact of cheap travel offered by budget airlines and the consolidation of big tour operators for hitting its finances.

The company statement said: "This is sad news for all the Flyjet team, its suppliers and the airports it operates from, but it is felt the financial returns from charter flying are no longer sufficient to reflect the financial risks involved.

"Airlines are subject to stringent penalties and compensation regulations for disrupted and delayed flights, even though many are outside airline control, imposed under EU law.

"Despite being the cheapest form of public transport, cost per mile, passenger expectations for compensation are heightened as a result."

In one incident last year, holidaymakers were stranded in Egypt for almost two days.

The plane they should have been travelling on from Sharm el Sheikh had a mechanical fault which could be fixed only by British engineers, who had to be flown to Egypt on a second plane.

On their return to Newcastle, 36 hours late, passengers complained of a lack of information about the delay. In another incident last May, passengers were left on a plane for six hours at Newcastle Airport after being delayed for 24 hours. …

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