Letter to Customers from City of Derry Airport 13-9-2016
Dear CoDA Customer
Airport Winter 2016 and Summer 2017 Programme
I am sure that you have heard the news that Ryanair plan to reduce services from City of Derry Airport and through this letter I want to provide you with details of Ryanair’s planned services for this winter and next summer as well as keeping you up to date with actions CoDA are taking to replace and to develop new routes.
This winter from Sunday 30th October to Saturday 25th March Ryanair will operate;
- Six services a week to London Stansted;
- Five services a week to Liverpool; and
- Five services a week to Glasgow International.
I can confirm that Ryanair have announced that they will be reducing operations from CoDA and that next summer they will operate;
- Five services a week to Glasgow International; and
- Two services a week to Liverpool.
This means that from 25th March 2017, Ryanair will cease to operate the London Stansted service and will not operate a summer sun service to Faro. Clearly this reduced Ryanair programme for Summer 2107 is disappointing news for the airport and for all those wishing to travel with Ryanair from CoDA to London Stansted or to Faro and during recent discussions with Ryanair the following factors have been highlighted as having a negative influence on their attitude to operations at CoDA:
- Airport Passenger Duty
- Sterling devaluation following the pro BREXIT vote in the recent referendum which has weakened already weak NI yields
- Reduced UK operations apart from strategic areas of competition
- The impact of their new Belfast Gatwick service on the CODA Stansted service
The Airport Management have been anticipating changes to the Ryanair services and we have planned for such an outcome. Whilst the Board of Directors and Management acknowledge the extremely disappointing news for the Airport I firmly believe the announcement presents a new opportunity for the Airport to look at a number of positive options for development.
The importance of a CODA / London service and its significance to the connectivity of the North West is essential and the Airport and Council are already working through Derry City & Strabane District Council with the Department for Transport in London to secure a Public Service Obligation designation for a DFT supported service from City of Derry Airport to a London hub. This process is expected to be completed in early 2017. If successful, this will lead to a minimum of a double daily service from the Airport to London from April 2017 onwards and a continuity in the connection to London. A PSO route will be hugely beneficial as in addition to providing four years certainty to CoDA and its customers, it would be good news for regular business and tourism users travelling to London and would allow CoDA to pursue other potential routes and carriers.
The Airport Board and Management has actively engaged with the NI Executive in recent months to discuss support for securing new carriers and new routes and to assist with securing the airport’s future and it is anticipated that a support package will be announced in the next few days.
Leading Tour Operators Launch Summer Sun Programme from City of Derry Airport
Leading tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, part of the TUI Group, today launched a new summer sun programme from City of Derry Airport to Majorca for Summer 2017.
Thomson and First Choice will operate a weekly service from City of Derry Airport, (CoDA), to Majorca, commencing on 26th June 2017.
The new programme from CoDA for Summer 2017 gives holidaymakers from the North West region the opportunity to discover and explore the largest island in the Balearics. Majorca delivers boundless sunshine and spectacular sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waters. Popular resorts like Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa cater for fun packed family holidays, while the West of the Island satisfies a livelier crowd with the infamous trendy bars and clubs found in Palma and Magaluf. The island also offers much to see and do being a cultural destination with a rich and diverse past.
Ms Charlotte Brenner, Marketing Manager for Thomson and First Choice, says, “At Thomson and First Choice we understand the convenience of travelling from your local airport and we’re delighted to be able to provide customers from the North West the option to travel from the City of Derry Airport to the sunny Balearic Isle of Majorca – the number one holiday destination from Northern Ireland. We’re looking forward to working closely with the team at the City of Derry Airport and being able to offer customers a wide and varied range of holiday options which are on sale from today”.
Mr Roy Devine, Chairman of City of Derry Airport, said, “This is excellent news for the Airport and holidaymakers in the North West Region. Majorca is a popular holiday destination and it is fantastic news that we can now offer a direct service from our local airport”. Mr Devine outlined that “City of Derry Airport has become the airport of choice for the North West of Ireland, offering both convenience and excellent customer service and we look forward to working with Thomson and First Choice to offer our customers direct air access to this popular summer sun destination – Majorca. CoDA encourages all holidaymakers from within our local catchment area to “Think Local and Book CoDA”.
Ms Charlene Shongo, Commercial and Marketing Manager at City of Derry Airport, stated “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the team from Thomson to the airport today for the launch of their Majorca programme for Summer 2017 – First Choice and Thomson will be offering a weekly direct flight to Majorca from City of Derry Airport from the 26th June 2017 until the 16th August 2017; these are on sale today. Majorca’s sunshine and coastline are two of the reasons that tourists have flocked to the island for decades, with destinations like Palma, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia Beach offering travellers a traditional Spanish beach holiday. Holidaymakers will be able to book direct with Thomson or First Choice Holidays and will be able to take advantage of a wide range of great holiday options in Majorca catering for every type of holidaymaker”.
First Choice offer SplashWorld resorts, SuneoClub and exclusive Holiday Villages, while Thomson offer holidays for families and couples alike. Enjoy a memorable family holiday in one of Thomson’s ‘Family Life’ or ‘A la Carte’ resorts which feature Thomson Kids Clubs, keeping everyone from tots to teens entertained. For luxury, relax in style in a 5 star Sensimar resort or enjoy one of Thomson’s deluxe Platinum hotels offering something a little extra, with sleek spas and design-led interiors. Alternatively, if you are looking for something more lively, find yourself in a Scene resort which caters specifically for stylish partygoers”.
Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, welcomed the news that City of Derry Airport has secured a new summer programme to Majorca. She said: “The City of Derry Airport is delighted to have a direct weekly flight to the sunny destination of Majorca. We are delighted to provide our customers with a choice of good value destinations and are confident the Majorca flight will be a popular holiday destination for families and couples alike across the city and region.”