Fuerteventura: kiss flights goodbye

Dozens of Irish people have been cut off from their holiday homes in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, by Ryanair's withdrawal of direct flights to the island.

Radio stations, including Q102, were inundated last week by irate property owners who no longer have access to their holiday homes.

Ryanair said it had informed customers of the change in December and it arose after a dispute with local businesspeople.

"I wonder why Aer Lingus have not taken up these profitable routes or even changed their flight times from Ireland to enable people to get to Fuerteventura," said David Galavan from Sutton in Dublin, who owns a home in Fuerteventura. Fiona Domican from Templeogue started a petition for a resolution to the impasse, collecting 1,500 signatures.

Ryanair said it issued a warning that the route would be abandoned if a commercial agreement was not honoured on 19 November last. The spokesperson refused to comment on rumours of negotiations with Spanish officials to reinstate the flights.