Bad news for Brit holidaymakers as EU airline scraps all flights from major UK airport | UK | News

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Bad news for Brit holidaymakers as EU airline scraps all flights from major UK airport | UK | News

A European airline has announced that it will be scrapping all of its flights from a major UK airport, despite only launching them weeks ago.

Aeroitalia said last month that it would be operating new flights from the UK. Specifically, the route would be from Milan Bergamo to London Southend in Essex. There would be six flights a week and were due to start on March 25.

The flights, starting from £70, have now however been taken off sale.

According to The Sun, a spokesperson for London Southend Airport said: « Milan remains firmly in our plans. We naturally wish Aeroitalia well with their existing and domestic routes at this time. »

The start-up airline is currently only running routes internally in Italy and to Romania, according to its booking site.

Meanwhile, there haven’t been flights from Southend to Milan since Ryanair axed the route in 2021.

Aeroitalia’s cancellation of the route comes in the wake of German airline Lufthansa scrapping its route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Frankfurt.

The flight path had only been running since the summer of 2022. The ditching of the route is said to be due to a lack of aircraft.

A Lufthansa spokesman said the airline regrets the decision, but the route’s « economic » benefits had declined in recent months.

He said: « Lufthansa is continuously evaluating and optimising its entire route network.

« Due to unscheduled maintenance work on Pratt & Whitney engines in the Lufthansa Airbus A320neo fleet, Lufthansa Airlines will have significantly fewer aircraft available next year 2024 than originally planned. »

He added: « The company has therefore decided to suspend some routes from February 2024 that have not shown a positive economic development in recent months. One of the routes affected by this suspension is Frankfurt – Liverpool. Lufthansa regrets this decision. »

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