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Cambridge International Airport is in the midst of tying up its charter and scheduled flight operation, which will cease at the end of this month.

Marshall Group, owners of the airport, which Newmarket Holidays, CI Travel and Inghams operate out of, said regular charter and scheduled passenger flights “have not translated into a viable business”.

The group claims the provision of charter and scheduled passenger flights, which began in May 2012, accounts for less than 2% of flights in and out of the airport.

Marshall Group said in a statement: “Over recent years we have invested in upgrading our passenger handling facilities to support regular charter and scheduled passenger flights. 

“These facilities supported regular charter and scheduled passenger flights from Cambridge to take advantage of the growing and developing Cambridge economy and we have been delighted with the feedback from the many thousands of customers who chose to fly from Cambridge.

“However, while there has been a great deal of interest, this has not translated into a viable business and the most recent review into this area of business indicates that this will not change significantly in the future.

“Regrettably as a result, we are to end support to the regular charter and schedule passenger flights from Cambridge airport with effect from January 31, which will allow us to focus on our core engineering business activities.” 

Marshall Group insists the changes do not affect Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group’s ongoing engineering and maintenance activities or the business and the general aviation flights and fixed-base operator activities.

“A small number of dedicated employees who worked so hard to build this business will be affected and we are working with them to support them,” continued the statement.

“We are also working with our customers and agencies who are involved to support those who will be affected by this decision.”