Minister pleased to save 'vital transfer service'

FlyBe aircraft More than 13,000 patients used the 'lifeline service' to Liverpool in 2013

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The Isle of Man's health minister has said he is pleased the island's patient transfer route has been saved.

Last week Exeter-based airline Flybe announced it would continue to operate three daily services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool this summer.

More than 13,000 patients used the service to attend UK appointments for treatment last year.

David Anderson MHK said: "I am pleased that we have been able to work with Flybe to secure this vital link".

In November, Flybe announced its Isle of Man base would close this year with the loss of 50 jobs, bringing about urgent talks with the island's chief minister.

Mr Anderson added: "Especially important is the early morning flight, which means that patients can make their appointments at North West hospitals in good time".

Three weekend services to Liverpool are also scheduled from March.

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