Ryanair is suspending flights from Bournemouth for the winter, blaming the impact of Air Passenger Duty which rises in November. 

The carrier will drop flights from the airport during November, December and January.

Services will resume on February 1.

Ryanair said the decision to move to seasonal flights at Bournemouth will be reviewed next summer when it may return to a 12 month operation at the airport “based on market conditions and UK APD costs”.

“Ryanair has a long term and committed relationship to growing traffic at Bournemouth Airport and will review this temporary change subject to any change in APD,” the airline said.

Routes to run next spring from Bournemouth are to Alicante, Girona, Faor, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife.

A spokesman said: “We very much regret temporarily ceasing our operations at Bournemouth airport during November, December and January. 

“However, the UK Government’s £11 tourist tax makes it economically unviable for Ryanair to operate our low fares flights from Bournemouth during this period.
“Ryanair is the only airline capable of retaining year round international tourism and business links for Bournemouth. 

“However, these require low access costs, particularly through the low yielding winter months, and in the absence of a commitment from the UK Government to axe its £11 tourist tax Ryanair has no alternative but to temporarily cease these routes and develop its business elsewhere.”