Five new flights have been announced by easyJet between Gatwick Airport and Isle of Man next Spring.
This equates to two daily services each day Monday through to Friday.
However, one pressure group, Travel Watch, has said that whilst the increase in flights is welcome, the timings of said flights are ‘far from ideal’.
The move comes as Flybe pull out of the Gatwick to Isle of Man service next year, when easyJet bought the routes from Flybe.
Travel Watch spokesperson, Dick Clague, said: ‘EasyJet’s additional daily flight to Gatwick will not be departing the island until 11.35am. Their last Gatwick departure is at 4.20pm, making an effective day trip to London virtually impossible, and missing out on most of the connecting air services to European and long-haul destinations.”
easyJet believe the flights offer benefits to passengers travelling both ways, in particular Isle of Man residents who can fly more regularly to Gatwick to enable them to catch connecting flights out of Gatwick, including their own 92 destinations out of Gatwick.
Mr Clague added ‘While the extra morning flight may be welcomed by some leisure passengers, the timing of both flights will be a huge blow to the business community, as well as to the thousands of people currently using Gatwick for onward connections.’