British Airways (BA
) will be axing its Manchester to Amsterdam service at the end of March.The flight route was established in 1952 with BA
currently operating 19 flights a week on this service. The airline confirmed that it will be axing the route last week, on the same day that budget airline Jet2.com, began flying this service for '30 return including taxes.Jet2 boss Philip Meeson, said that the airline will be launching more routes in direct competition with BA
, saying the airline could "no longer compete with budget airlines".BA
however has insisted that it is not scared of the competition but is instead concentrating on its business travel market.The spokesman said: "BA
is by and large a business airline and the Amsterdam service is losing too much money."She also announced that BA
will be slashing the cost of all return fares on new routes unveiled in autumn to Malaga, Paphos
, Tenerife, Malta and Dubrovnik offered by its franchise partner GB Airways.