Loganair has told Gef that it will not be operating its Ronaldsway to Belfast route until at least October.
The confirmation comes after residents took to social media to say their flights had been cancelled up until the autumn.
With the borders due to be open on June 28, many Manx residents are looking forward to getting off the island. But while links between the island and Great Britain appear secure, the links with the island of Ireland remain uncertain.
A spokeswoman for Loganair told Gef: ‘Like all airlines this summer, Loganair continues to re-evaluate all of its planned routes as it slowly recovers from the effects of the restrictions on forward bookings. As a result of low customer demand for the route, the Belfast to Isle of Man service has unfortunately been delayed and is now due to commence from 25 October.’
Meanwhile easyJet is selling flights to the Northern Irish capital from July 2 onwards.
However, the airline did have some good news for residents as it looks to operate up to 44 flights per week once the borders have fully reopened, linking the island with six other destinations across the British isles.
Most of these routes, such as Jersey on July 3 and Edinburgh scheduled to open up on Tynwald Day (July 5) while the airline will also be doubling its daily offering to Heathrow on weekdays. But, recognising that international travel is unlikely to expand much in the coming weeks and months, the airline will not be adding to its existing Manchester offerings.
Commenting on the expansion, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer Kay Ryan said: ‘We’re delighted to be building upon the record of service that Loganair has established in the Isle of Man during the pandemic through this significant increase in flights now that travel restrictions have started to ease.
‘This is one of several steps to rebuild the Isle of Man’s air services to full strength, which we’re committed to taking over the coming weeks and months as we hopefully leave the Covid-19 pandemic behind us. Loganair’s commitment to serving island communities – honed over nearly 60 years of flying in Scotland – coupled to our locally-based team and our wide range of partnerships with international airlines – mean that we genuinely can be the local airline with a global reach.’