Aer Lingus has told Gef it has no plans to reinstate the route linking the Isle of Man with the Republic of Ireland. 

The route had been operated by Stobart Air before the pandemic and with the collapse of Stobart amidst a stalled takeover by Manx based firm Ettyl, the future of the route was in doubt.

A spokesperson told Gef: ‘Aer Lingus has no current plans to operate the Isle of Man – Dublin route, which was previously operated by Stobart Air. Customers who were booked to travel have been contacted and offered a full refund or the option of a voucher. Aer Lingus apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of the collapse of Stobart Air.’

As well as being a vital link for Manx residents with family and friends in the Republic of Ireland, the link through Dublin airport was also popular for people travelling to America because of the ability to clear passport control and customs before flying to the States.

The decision leaves only easyJet operating flights to the island of Ireland with its direct route between Belfast and Ronaldsway. The Steam Packet also operates a limited service from Douglas to Dublin. 

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