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BA axes international flights from Manchester

Wednesday 12 Nov 2008 3:19pm

British Airways' has been heavily criticised by a local Manchester MP after announcing its decision to abandon its international services from Manchester airport. Graham Stringer, the MP for Blackely, claimed that BA no longer has the right to its status as the UK's national carrier due to its clear London-focus. Mr Stringer's comments followed BA discontinuing its international flights to New York and many other international destinations. The only services BA now offers from any regional airport in the UK are domestic services to London's Gatwick Airport and Heathrow Airport. BA bosses have attributed this shift in services to falling passenger numbers and increased competition on all routes from rival airlined. Mr Stringer, who used to be chairman of the Manchester Airport board, argued: 'BA cannot claim to be our national carrier any more. 'It is a sad decision that represents commercial failure. They now carry fewer passengers than Ryanair. ' Passengers wishing to fly from Manchester airport will still benefit from transatlantic services operated by both Delta and Continental Airlines. This is in addition to Flybe's continued operation of BA's former European routes from airports in the north of England.

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