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Euromanx Ceases Flying 9 May 2008

Isle of Man-based EuroManx Limited has, this morning, announced that it has ceased all flying operations and the company has been placed in the hands of the official receiver.

EuroManx has been operating from the Island since 2002 and carried over 266,000 passengers from and to the Isle of Man in 2007. It has most recently been flying four scheduled service routes linking the Island with London City, Liverpool, Manchester and Belfast City.

Although all of these routes will no longer be operated by EuroManx with immediate effect, other airlines fly services on all four of the EuroManx routes. The Department has been in communication with flybe, Manx2 and VLM, and made arrangements for booked EuroManx passengers to contact the relevant carrier to re-book their tickets. Flybe operates flights to both Liverpool and Manchester, and passengers wishing to re-book their free replacement tickets should call the Flybe Call Centre on 0871 522 6157. To avoid unnecessary waiting, passengers with bookings in the next 10 days should be the only ones to call before May 12th.

Manx2.com flies to Belfast City and Belfast International from the Island and is offering EuroManx passengers, who have already booked to fly to Belfast, a free return ticket. Passengers are asked to send an email with all the details to Belfast@manx2.com, or write to Manx2 reservations at Isle of Man Airport. Passengers booked to fly today to Belfast will be offered seats on the earliest available flight at the Manx2 desk.

VLM has daily flights on the London City route and has also indicated its willingness to assist EuroManx passengers where possible. Later today further details will be issued regarding rebooking options. Continues:- Many EuroManx customers have flights booked in the coming weeks and months and those who have paid directly by credit card should contact their credit card centre for further advice. Customers who have booked through travel agents should immediately contact the agent who arranged their travel, who will be able to advise them about possible refunds and alternative means of travel. In addition, EuroManx is taking calls via a dedicated helpline to assist its booked passengers on 0871 522 6157.

Whilst the closure of EuroManx will have a significant impact upon the Isle of Man Airport and of those working and living on the Island, particularly over coming weeks, other airlines have immediately indicated their continued support in filling the gaps following the loss of the EuroManx routes. Flybe currently provides four services daily to Manchester and will increase the frequency of flights initially to five daily. It has also recently increased the number of flights on the Liverpool route to four daily.

Meanwhile, Manx2 already operates up to 34 flights weekly between the Isle of Man and both Belfast City and International Airports, and is expected to add further flights if additional capacity is needed to these Northern Ireland destinations. Finally, VLM is a current operator to London City, currently flying just once a day, and discussions are being held with the airline in respect to assisting on the route to make up for the withdrawal of EuroManx services.

Ann Reynolds, Isle of Man Airport Director, admitted that the collapse of EuroManx will have a substantial short-term effect upon passenger numbers through the airport. However, she was confident that the shortfall left by EuroManx will be filled soon.

“We are naturally very sad to lose a very important part of our operation here at the Airport and I know that many will be affected by the closure of EuroManx,” she said. “However, we have reacted quickly with our other airlines to ensure that passengers who have booked with EuroManx are being accommodated as far as possible. I am also confident that, in the longer term, the gap left by the airline will be filled by our existing airlines or others who are keen to develop air services from the Island.”

The closure of the airline will inevitably mean some immediate job losses. However, as other airlines expand their operations, it is hoped that many of those who have lost their jobs will be able to find alternative employment with these other airlines with a base on the Isle of Man. “Already over recent months, we have seen four new routes added to the Isle of Man network by Flybe and Manx2 and we are optimistic that, despite the loss of EuroManx, this trend will continue,” added Ann. “Thus, I am hopeful that there will be further expansion of the Isle of Man Air Service network and thus opportunities for EuroManx employees to find positions with these or other Island aviation operations in the future.”

ENDS For further information: Ann Reynolds, Airport Director Tel: 821601

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