Palmair Boss blames flight security

Stephen Bath, the boss of independent travel agent Bath Travel said time-consuming airport security and the delays caused by 2010 volcanic ash cloud have put many people off flying. The Dorset-based airline, Palmair, is to cease flying from Bournemouth Airport in April. Lanzarote was one of it’s main routes and will be one if it’s last.

Palmair returned its only leased jet at the end of October and has chartered passengers onto other airlines since then. Joint managing director Stephen Bath said the Group would instead focus on its booming cruise holiday business. The last holiday-makers travelling with Palmair to Lanzarote will depart the airport in April.

Mr Bath said: “The public are fed up with more and more hassle, having their nail scissors taken away, their water bottles, more and more frisking and so-on. Cruising is an easier way to leave the country.”

He also added: “The ash cloud has done more damage to aviation than any other occurrence in aviation in Britain.”

Both Palmair and Ryanair suspended flights from Bournemouth over the winter months, blaming poor advance bookings. However, Ryanair resumes flights to Lanzarote from Bournemouth in February.

The new £45m Bournemouth Airport departures terminal designed to cope with three million passengers a year opened in June 2010, however, during most of the winter only one flight a day has departed the airport.

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