TAP Air Portugal has said it will scrap its two routes from London City airport this winter.

The airline launched flights from Lisbon to the airport in October 2017 and from Porto in March 2018, but both will end as of 27 October, a spokesperson confirmed to BBT’s sister title Business Traveller.

TAP blamed the cancellations on “uncertainties in customer demand associated with Brexit” and disappointing results in the market. However, it said it would offset the lost seats during peak periods by using aircraft with larger capacity on its routes from Heathrow and Gatwick.

A spokesperson told Business Traveller there was “no indication” whether the routes would return next year.

London City Airport told Business Traveller that while it is disappointed about TAP’s decision, “route churn is an industry reality, but we hope that we may see TAP back at London City in the future, as their services are valued by many.”

The airport will re-distribute the slots with new and existing airlines, with a new service to Antwerp being launched by Air Antwerp next month.

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