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2013 Timetable Update / (Nov 14) is making a number of changes to its timetable for the first quarter of 2013 in response to the ongoing decline in the Isle of Man air passenger market.

As visitor numbers to the Island continue to fall, has taken the decision, with regret, to temporarily suspend its services to Leeds Bradford and Oxford from 8th January for the first quarter of 2013. Additional frequency is being added to’s Gloucester route to accommodate passengers who previously travelled to Bristol, a route which was stopped by another operator last month. Routes to Blackpool, Belfast and Newcastle will continue to operate as before with additional flights being added as required. will reassess the Leeds Bradford and Oxford routes when market capacity and demand for next summer are clearer. Managing Director Dave Buck said: “We have frequently warned that increased APD taxes and a declining market combined with substantial new capacity distorting Northern and London travel patterns would inevitably result in changes to the depth and frequency of the Island’s air network.”

“Oxford and Leeds Bradford services will operate normally until 7th January to ensure Christmas and New Year holiday plans are unaffected. We will reassess these routes in the New Year when supply and demand on Isle of Man routes becomes clearer. We will definitely be running a service on both routes through the 2013 TT period for our regular TT visitors.

“For  2013 will focus on growing our core routes to and from Belfast, Newcastle, Blackpool and Gloucester where we are able to offer frequent services combined with free car parking at Blackpool and Gloucester and of course no booking fees or card charges on any flight.”

Any passengers booked to travel from Oxford after 8th January 2013 will be offered re-booking onto any of the 13 weekly Gloucester flights and Leeds Bradford passengers will have the choice of transferring onto any of the 24 weekly flights from Newcastle and Blackpool.

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