Loganair to replace former Flybe route from Isle of Man to Liverpool

Loganair will commence the scheduled services between Isle of Man and Liverpool John Lennon Airport from Thursday March 12, replacing the missing flights following the collapse of Flybe.

The twice daily service will initially operate using a Saab 340 turboprop aircraft. Last week Loganair announced that it would be taking over 16 other former Flybe routes using aircraft based in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Jonathan Hinkles Loganair CEO said, ‘We understand how important this link is to the Isle of Man, and we have worked with the Isle of Man Government to provide this initial interim service. We fully expect to announce an expansion of our services in the coming weeks.’

‘We are interested in principle in providing a further range of services to and from the Isle of Man, including operating the Liverpool route on a permanent basis and are in advanced talks about restoring the Manchester and Birmingham routes, also lost in the collapse of Flybe.’

The Isle of Man’s Infrastructure Minister, Ray Harmer MHK, said: ‘I am really pleased that we have been able to restore scheduled flights on this route so quickly. I am sure this will be welcomed by Isle of Man patients who need to get their health appointments in the United Kingdom and by the many Island residents who wish to travel to Liverpool for business or pleasure. We already benefit from Loganair services to Scotland and very much hope that more routes will follow in the near future.’

Scotland-based Loganair is today one of the UK’s leading regional airlines. Loganair already operates services from the Isle of Man to Edinburgh and to London City on behalf of BA CityFlyer.

Birmingham Airport to replace Flybe routes to Guernsey, Aberdeen

Birmingham Airport has announced the launch of Guernsey airline, Aurigny, which will replace the Guernsey route after Flybe collapsed.

The Birmingham-Guernsey service is on sale with Aurigny via www.aurigny.com. The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday, March 11, operating daily in the late morning – initially excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are pleased to announce the continued service to the popular destination of Guernsey, with Aurigny following the loss of the service offered by flybe from Birmingham.

‘We hope to see our regular travellers taking advantage of this new airline at Birmingham and look forward to building on our relationship with Aurigny over the coming years.’

Mark Darby, Chief Executive said, ‘We believe that maintaining Guernsey’s connectivity is key and with the collapse of flybe it is an unmissable opportunity for Aurigny to provide a valuable customer service while at the same time increasing our operation and improving our financial position.

‘Given that we are able to do this with no increase in fixed costs and with aircraft, crew and a user-friendly booking system immediately available to us we hope that this will alleviate some travel concerns.’

Earlier, responding to the collapse of Flybe, Loganair announced it will introduce three daily services from Birmingham to Aberdeen, along with a daily service to Inverness from March 16, 2020. Additionally, Eastern Airways will offer an Aberdeen to Birmingham service formerly operated by Flybe. Flights will all commence this week with the schedule released for sale in due course.