BUDGET AIRLINE Jet2 has made a sudden decision to cancel all of its Edinburgh to Murcia San Javier airport flights with effect from October 25, despite have taken bookings for 2016.
The airport is very close to the La Manga Club, which boasts such well-known guests as Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan and his wife, as well as Kenny Dalglish and his wife. A large number of Scottish families own properties in surrounding towns and the nearest alternative airport is Alicante, which is a further 60 miles away and will force travellers to resort to either hiring a car or paying for a taxi.
Although San Javier airport is shared with the Spanish military, it does handle flights from a number of UK-based airlines. However no others fly from Edinburgh except Jet2 and passengers will have to wait to see whether any of those airlines look to expand their routes. In the meantime, canny Scots may consider looking at the twice-weekly flights from Glasgow operated by Ryanair.
A Jet2 spokesperson said: “We have taken the difficult decision to stop operating our Edinburgh to Murcia service. Bookings stopped August 20 and the last flights will operate until October 25 2015.
“Those passengers who have flights booked for summer 2016 are being notified to allow for alternative travel arrangements or refunds to be made.”