Air France and United are both quitting Glasgow this winter.
The French national airline only returned to the route in March of last year. But already it has decided to suspend services owing to poor passenger load factors.
In a somewhat nebulous statement emailed to Business Traveller, Air France says “from October 28 Air France will be adapting its flight offering from Paris CDG by suspending its route to Glasgow.”
Air France-KLM group’s policy is to adapt its flight offering in real time, in order to best meet demand and take into account the current economic context.
It therefore leaves Easyjet as the sole airline operating between Glasgow and Paris CDG. And it means that Glaswegians wishing to fly long-haul with Air France will either have to fly out of Edinburgh or else take a long-winded Glasgow-Amsterdam-Paris CDG routing.
United’s decision is more of a concern. Why? Because this route, previously flown by Continental, has been operated for no less than 19 years.
It will now leave Delta with a monopoly for the coming winter.
United blames the decision on falling demand. In a statement the carrier says it will suspend its Glasgow-New York Newark flights between October 29 and May 4. Service will resume on May 5.