Loganair announced the cancellation of all flights from Newquay airport in Cornwall yesterday. The airline added that flights from Newquay to Newcastle and Scotland will resume in May.
The decision to cancel the flights was made by the airline’s top management following the spread of coronavirus. Loganair replaced Flybe airlines which collapsed recently due to mismanagement and recurrent loss. Loganair will be flying to Glasgow, Newcastle, and Aberdeen from Newquay airport.
According to a statement released by the airline, flights to Aberdeen through Newcastle were to commence on April 1. However, the flights have been halted until May 28, 2020.
The statement further indicated that the Edinburgh service will not be affected by the cancellation. This is because the route was to be launched on June 20.
Jonathan Hinkles, the airline’s chief executive, expressed his fears that the cancellation and reductions may be prolonged beyond May. However, he remained optimistic that the deadly coronavirus will be contained in a good time.
Mr. Hinkles noted that the coronavirus situation is getting out of hand as new cases are reported every day. This has affected the booking levels by passengers. He added that the booking levels have fallen by 75% in the last four days.
Mr. Hinkles indicated that the airline has adopted an emergency timetable which will be implemented from next week. The timetable will reduce scheduled flights to 95 from the current 214 flights.
However, customers who had booked flights up to May 31 will be allowed to change their reservations to a future date for free. The statement, however, clarified that customers will have to incur the extra cost if future flights will be more expensive.
Mr. Hinkles assured all customers that they will receive a full refund if they wish to cancel their flights. However, the refund will be processed after the airline’s operations are restored to normal.