EASYJET has announced it is to end its Liverpool to Gibraltar service after just 18 months.

The budget airline only launched its three-times a week flight in March 2011, but will stop the service in October following a review of under-performing routes.

The announcement is the latest piece of bad news for the Rock’s airport after fellow low-cost carrier Bmibaby confirmed it is to fold in September, as reported in the Olive Press.

EasyJet’s commercial manager, Ali Gayward, confirmed the news, but added: “EasyJet remains committed to serving Gibraltar and has recently increased its summer frequency on the London Gatwick route.”

Rival airline Monarch has responded meanwhile by increasing flights on its Manchester to Gibraltar route, which will operate four flights per week throughout winter 2012.

The government has confirmed that Prince Edward will officially open Gibraltar’s new air terminal during his three-day visit to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in two weeks.

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