SINN Fein group leader on Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Sandra Duffy said Flybmi’s fall into administration was a “huge concern”.
The news has left the Derry to London Stansted flights up in the air until a new carrier can be urgently found by the City of Derry Airport.
“News that flybmi has entered administration is a huge concern, particularly for the economy in the North West as it operates daily flights to London from City of Derry Airport,” said Cllr Duffy.
“One of the reasons cited by the airline is the uncertainty caused by Brexit – yet more evidence of the destruction and disruption that the DUP and the British government are prepared to cause to our economy with their reckless Brexit agenda.
“This will obviously have implications for the new public service obligation (PSO) flight between Derry and London as well as the new route to Manchester, all of which flybmi was due to operate.
“Of course, the loss of the airline does not mean the loss of the service and I have contacted the Chief Executive of Derry City & Strabane District Council to ensure every effort is made to find an alternative carrier as soon as possible so there is minimal disruption to this service.”