On the apron at a damp looking Glasgow Airport, celebrating the return of non-stop scheduled air services between Glasgow and the Isle Of Man are David Buck (MD Citywing), Alex Salmond (Scottish First Minister), Allan Bell (Chief Minister of the Isle Of Man) and Amanda McMillan (MD Glasgow Airport). A Jetstream 31 will be used to operate 10 weekly return flights which started on 31 March.
- Citywing, the Isle Of Man based operator, has restored links between Glasgow (GLA) and the Isle Of Man (IOM) by launching 10 weekly flights on 31 March using a 19-seat Jetstream 31 on the 200-kilometre route. The market was previously served by Flybe who terminated the route at the end of last June. Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We have been working hard to reinstate flights to the Isle of Man following the withdrawal in June of the previous service. It has always been a popular route and we are delighted that Glasgow Airport will be able to offer Scotland’s only direct service to the island. Citywing’s flights will safeguard Scotland’s important links with the Manx economy and perhaps more importantly, they will be operational in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games when the Isle of Man will be one of the 70 competing countries.” Citywing Managing Director, David Buck, said: “I am delighted we have been able to restore this vital link between the two communities of the Isle of Man and Scotland. There is a long history of business, social and cultural links between the two. It is a pleasure to introduce the direct flights from the 31st of March 2014. It is particularly pleasing to restore this link in time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, benefitting both athletes and fans from the Island. The Isle of Man, like Scotland, promises a warm and friendly welcome. We very much hope that passengers will take advantage of our new direct service and discover what our lovely island has to offer. Similarly, we hope business passengers will find the service beneficial.”