Jobs and travel worries if flight routes close

MP Lindsay Roy
MP Lindsay Roy

THOUSANDS of Fifers face having their travel plans severely impacted due to the flight operator Ryanair’s decision to axe eight routes.

Area MP Lindsay Roy has urged Ryanair and Edinburgh Airport operator BAA to hold urgent talks after the budget airline announced it was closing the routes from the capital because of high charges.

Flights to Bratislava, Bremen, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Kaunus, Lodz and Poznan will stop when the company’s five-year competitive cost agreement with BAA ends in October.

The company blames BAA Edinburgh Airport for rejecting its proposals for a new deal and say that up to 500 jobs could go.

Mr Roy said: “Thousands of people from Fife use Ryanair flights from Edinburgh for leisure and business and the axing of these latest routes will have a significant impact on their travel plans.

“The route to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands is popular with holidaymakers throughout the year, while flights to Lodz and Poznan in Poland are also very convenient for the many Poles living in Fife returning home to visit family – not everyone wants to fly to and from Krakow or Gdansk.

“I am also concerned at the impact the decision will have on jobs – the airport is a major employer and provides work for lots of Fifers. Ryanair and the BAA Edinburgh airport management must get round the table and resume meaningful talks and I have written to both urging them do so.”