Winter woes for second homes


Huge cutbacks in winter flight schedules could wreak havoc with those who own second homes and want to spend time at them during the colder months – budget airline Ryanair has announced drastic cutbacks in the number of flights leaving Stansted – meaning that thousands face being cut off over the winter…


[UKPRwire, Mon Jul 27 2009] Huge cutbacks in winter flight schedules could wreak havoc with those who own second homes and want to spend time at them during the colder months – budget airline Ryanair has announced drastic cutbacks in the number of flights leaving Stansted – meaning that thousands face being cut off over the winter…

Ryanair will cull ten of its regular flights leaving from London’s Stansted airport and cut down the level of frequency on as many as 30 other routes.

Second home owners with properties in France will be affected, but the airline has yet to announce which exact routes will be affected by the cuts.

It has been suggested that some of the flights that are to be completely cut include services to Ireland, whilst other changes would affect flights to the continent.

People who own second properties in Spain should be unaffected as the Spanish Government has scrapped tourist taxes, thus the properties are still used frequently during the winter, ensuring that the flights are fairly full and ‘earning their keep.’

But, as those with holiday homes in France seem to visit them less, these flights will be up for the axe.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said, “You find that people don’t use these French places in November, December, January and February and they never have.

“People who go to a holiday home in the west of France for one weekend in November are hardly going to fill a plane.

“I can’t reassure anybody. If they want reassurance, they should write to Gordon Brown,” he added.

The aviation industry is suffering its worst period since 9/11, with airlines being forced to cut back on services in a bid to save money. Ryanair is hoping that its cutbacks will force the airports to ditch expensive landing charges during the quiet winter months.

The cuts at Stansted, Ryanair's largest base in Britain, will mean that the airline is operating 168 fewer flights than it did during the same period last year and carrying 2.5 million fewer people than last winter.

One place you won’t have to worry about getting to is Oslo in Norway – flying in the face of other cuts, the budget airline has announced that it will launch a brand new service to the city from Stansted this October.

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