Bath Travel’s airline sister company Palmair has followed Ryanair in suspending winter flights from Bournemouth airport.

Services have been dropped for three months – November, December and January – but the company hopes to fly on a reduced winter timetable in February.

The decision by the Bournemouth-based carrier comes as a further blow to the airport which opened a £45 million new terminal two months ago.

Palmair managing director David Skillicorn said the majority of bookings were for last-minute flights, which has left demand uncertain for winter flying.

“The big demand at the moment is for imminent travel. Because Ryanair pulled out we have looked at our position and what that means for us,” he said.

Ryanair in June blamed the government’s rising Air Passenger Duty for suspending winter flights from the airport.