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More Flights To Be Cut As The Oil Price Rise Hits Hard

It had to come at some stage and this week saw a move which many thought had long been removed from the airline industry, the suspension of some routes due to the ever rising price of fuel. While British Airways brought the issue to a head earlier in the week with the suspension of 5% of their flights over the winter, Ryanair has gone one step further with a 14% reduction in the number of flights out of Stansted.

Even though it is easy to see why the airlines have taken such action there are concerns that this may only be the tip of the iceberg and open the door for many other operators to follow suit. Each and every airline which travels too and from the UK has an obligation to maintain a minimum level of flights under Civil Aviation Authority rules. While there are no suggestions that any of the airlines are anywhere near these levels at the moment, they cannot carry the burden of increased costs and falling passenger numbers forever.

The only plus to come out of the suspension of some flight routes is the fact that the passenger levels for the remaining flights should move higher and make each journey more economical and profitable.

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