EasyJet cancels new Scottish routes to Manchester

EasyJet will not go ahead with new services connecting Manchester to Edinburgh and Aberdeen, following the travel ban introduced by the Scottish government last week.

A statement from the budget carrier said: “Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that non-essential travel between Scotland and Manchester is currently not permitted, we are, unfortunately, no longer able to operate our planned new routes connecting Edinburgh and Aberdeen with Manchester.

“Customers due to travel on these flights will be notified of the cancellation and informed of their options, which includes transferring their trip to an alternative destination on easyJet’s network or to a later date free of charge, or receiving either a voucher or refund for the entire value of their booking.

“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the latest news and cancellations.”

Conservative Scottish MP Andrew Bowie told ITV News that the Scottish government “abandoned” the aviation sector with its ban on travel to Greater Manchester.

He said easyJet cancelling its newly-announced route from Aberdeen to Manchester, puts “many jobs” at risk in northeast Scotland.

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