Ryanair cancels flights to Fuerteventura

Ryanair cancels flights to FuerteventuraIrish airline Ryanair has announced it will cancel flights to one of its popular holiday destinations amid a row over a local tourism deal.

The carrier will cease flying to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, which connects with a number of bases across the UK and Europe including Liverpool Airport, from January 31st 2009.

In a statement Ryanair said that the resort’s local tourist body AIE had not fulfilled its obligations as part of an agreement.

Ryanair’s Michael Cawley said: "This is a very black day for Fuerteventura and one which will have a severe impact on tourism and the livelihoods of its islanders.

"The AIE has now taken a huge gamble with the livelihoods of the local tourism industry by blatantly reneging on its contractual commitments and losing Ryanair’s 23 weekly services to the island."

Cancellation of the routes had been threatened by the airline on November 19th as it said the local tourist authority had not stuck to its commitments to promote the area as a tourist destination.

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