Loganair reduces flights from Norwich Airport due to coronavirus
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Flights out of Norwich Airport are being cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Loganair announced today it has cancelled 11 flights out of Norwich in March and a further 11 flights in April.
The Scottish airline flies out of Norfolk to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Jersey.
The airline made the move having seen a reduction in bookings of between 15% and 20%.
Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: 'We have seen a marked drop in forward bookings in recent days as the effects of the coronavirus on the travelling public's confidence has worsened.
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'The trend is visible throughout the Loganair network, and there are no signs of the hoped-for 'staycation' effect with people remaining in the UK for future planned holidays instead of travelling overseas.
'The effect at present appears to be short-term and is primarily hitting bookings for the remainder of March and through April and May.
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'We have already taken action to remove around 10% of our planned flights in April and May, amounting to about 700 flights in all, but with a greater deterioration in bookings since those decisions were taken last week, we are now about to embark on a further round of schedule reductions and I am expecting that a further 10% of flights will be cancelled for April and May.
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LoganAir also confirmed that the 17 regional routes it took on when it purchased Flybe will go ahead as announced last week, but with a possible short delay in the launch of some of these routes.
He said: 'None of the service reductions made due to Covid-19 impact are related to this expansion and any capacity released from cancelled services is being used to bolster our aircraft and aircrew standby capacity for resilience reasons.'