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Protest against Luxembourg-Dublin flight scrapping plans
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Protest against Luxembourg-Dublin flight scrapping plans

14.03.2012 From our online archive
The planned closure of Luxair's Dublin flight has caused outrage in the Irish and international community, to such an extent that a protest Facebook page has been created gaining more than 500 members in just 3 days.

(ADW) Recent announcements by Luxair concerning the scrapping of routes has not gone down well with the public. Flights to Dublin and Prague are soon to be dropped, Luxair says, due to “lack of profitability”.

The planned closure of the Dublin flight in particular has caused outrage in the Irish and international community, to such an extent that a protest Facebook page has been created gaining more than 500 members in just 3 days.

In an interview with wort.lu/en Hilary Fitzgibbon the Facebook page creator, when questioned regarding why the Dublin route had problems replied, “A stupid pricing mechanism, far too expensive, and for business travellers the timetable is just impractical”.

“It makes no sense as the demand is definitely there” she continued “If you look at flights from Hahn and Charleroi to Dublin they are always full”.

Hilary pointed out that many Luxembourg passengers go out of their way each day to travel to both Hahn and Charleroi rather than taking flights from Luxembourg. She believes this is due to the price and times of Luxair flights.

Special offers to Dublin have been offered by Luxair in the past at reduced prices “and these were sold out in a very short space of time, again proving the demand is there”.

“Save the Luxair Lux-Dub route” Facebook page

Hilary Fitzgibbon explained that through the protest Facebook page a survey was carried out as to how much people were willing to pay for flights to Dublin. “The average was about €200-250 which is reasonable compared to other destinations Luxair flights to”.

The Facebook page “Save the Luxair Lux-Dub route” was created in order to drum up support for the cause and within 24 hours had 124 “likes” and 500 within 3 days. “We thought this was the easiest way people could support us, while at their desk at work” Stated Hilary. “When we get to about 1000 we will meet with Luxair”.

As an extra boost, the cause has now received support from Irish MEP Gay Mitchell. “I am delighted to let you know that Gay Mitchell MEP is supporting our cause. Let's try to get some more high profile people behind us", boasts the page.

The protest now also has its own Twitter page too.