Scottish regional airline Loganair is launching new routes from East Midlands Airport to Brussels and Inverness from today, an online report said.
The airline will start an early morning and afternoon service to Brussels and a new route to Inverness, in the north east of Scotland. The routes are scheduled for both business as well as leisure customers. The East Midlands-based airline operated flights on routes to 25 European cities, including Aberdeen, Bristol, City of Derry, East Midlands, London Stansted and Newcastle.
Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair said: ‘I am extremely pleased to announce the expansion of our route map while also beginning passenger services from East Midlands Airport.
‘Both of these convenient airlinks will benefit the overall region, connecting with Belgium’s largest city – home to thousands of multinational businesses while Scotland’s highlands are now just over 90 minutes away.’
The Brussels service will operate from Monday to Thursday, with afternoon services on Friday and Sunday. It will be operated on a 49-seat Embraer 145 and have a flight-time of around one hour and 10 minutes. Services between Brussels and East Midlands ceased on February 16 when flybmi collapsed.
Leon Verhallen, head of aviation development at Brussels Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Loganair will restore flights to East-Midlands with up to two daily flights, including a convenient connection from and to Inverness, a city without direct services to Brussels.’
Karen Smart, East Midlands Airport’s managing director, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome a new airline to EMA. This is fantastic news for passengers who will have new routes to choose from. This is also important for the region as it enhances the connectivity between the East Midlands, mainland Europe and Scotland.’
The new route to Inverness takes one hour and 25 minutes, according to the online timetable, setting off at noon with a return service at 2.30pm. There will be six flights a week between East Midlands and the Scottish city on the Moray Firth.
Inverness Airport general manager Graeme Bell said: ‘This is excellent news for Inverness and the Highlands as Loganair’s service will enable passengers to quickly access England’s industrial heartland developing business opportunities or exploring the considerable leisure options in Midlands and the nearby Peak District.
‘It also makes our region more accessible to English visitors keen to discover all that the north of Scotland has to offer.’