Andrew Doyle/LONDON

AIR UK IS CLOSING its London Gatwick-Edinburgh service later this year, following British Airways' decision to increase its flights on the route to six a day. The UK regional carrier says that it plans to begin serving Edinburgh from London City Airport instead.

"It is clear that, to compete against six daily flights, with the possibility of further frequencies, would be impossible to do profitably," says Tony Le Masurier, Air UK's marketing and sales director. The London City-Edinburgh service will begin "later this year", Le Masurier adds.

Meanwhile, Air UK begins a three-times-daily service between London City and Amsterdam on 19 August, using British Aerospace 146-300s. This will be Air UK's first service from the London Docklands airport. The airline will now serve the Dutch capital from 11 UK airports, and says that it expects to carry some 1.4 million passenger on its network through Amsterdam this year.

Source: Flight International