Loganair commences new routes to City of Derry, Dundee, Orkney and Shetland from Heathrow

Heathrow Airport has announced the launch of new routes operated by Loganair, a regional UK airline.

As announced in April, Loganair has started connecting Heathrow to the City of Derry, Dundee, Orkney and Shetland in addition to its existing Isle of Man service. City of Derry flights commenced from London Stansted on Saturday May 6, while flights to Dundee left from Heathrow for the first time in 40 years on Tuesday May 9.

The move has brought the first-ever link between City of Derry Airport and Heathrow, connected Sumburgh and Heathrow for the first time and restored the air link from Heathrow to Dundee.

Jonathan Hinkles, CEO, Loganair said: ‘These routes really take Loganair’s provision of regional connectivity to new heights and underline our credentials as the UK’s largest regional airline. We’re very grateful to the UK Government and BA for their support in securing these slots for domestic connectivity and it was great to see so many happy passengers boarding the new services today.

‘Maintaining and improving regional connectivity is one of the main levers of a powerful economy and with these new routes we’re offering business connections into the heart of London from some of the most remote communities in the UK.

‘Likewise, we’ve opened the door to enhanced tourism for places like Derry, Shetland and Orkney, while also giving all our passengers access to the incredible onward connections on offer at Heathrow. It truly is a game changer for regional commercial aviation.’

Joanna Taso, Aviation Director, Heathrow said: ‘We are delighted to be celebrating the inaugural Heathrow to Sumburgh via Dundee departure. Loganair’s new domestic routes to Dundee and the City of Derry will open up lifeline connectivity and global business opportunities via Heathrow, the UK’s gateway to the world. Their expanded operations are supported by our domestic passenger discount and demonstrate Heathrow’s longstanding commitment to regional connectivity.’

Ryanair announces City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh

Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has announced a new route to Edinburgh from City of Derry Airport, the main gateway for the North West of Ireland.

This new route to Edinburgh will commence in October, with a five-time weekly service as part of Ryanair’s Winter 2018 schedule, which includes a route to Liverpool. In announcing the service, the airline also launched a £9.99 winter sale on the route.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Our new City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh commences in October, operating five times weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £9.99, which are available for booking from today until midnight Tuesday (4th Sept) for travel from October to January. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Charlene Shongo, Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to launch Ryanair’s new service to Edinburgh. The charming city of Edinburgh has so much to offer travellers, from romantic getaways, family trips or a weekend break with friends. The new Ryanair service to Edinburgh will operate five times per week and will commence on 28th October. Flights are on sale now with fares starting from as little as £9.99 one way. As well as offering city breaks, this new route will be of huge benefit for those who travel to Scotland to visit family and friends, for studying or sporting events throughout the year’.

As part of the Irish airlines ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, Ryanair customers are offered a price promise offering a refund of the price difference + EUR5, if they find a cheaper fare compared to Ryanair’s offered price.

Ryanair announces 2016 winter schedule at Derry Airport

Irish low-fares airline Ryanair has announced the launch of its Derry winter schedule for 2016, with the introduction of three routes to Glasgow International, Liverpool and London Stansted.

The Derry winter 2016 schedule will deliver three routes to Glasgow International (five weekly), Liverpool (five weekly), and London Stansted (nine weekly), operating a total of 19 weekly flights, which will deliver 300,000 customers p.a. and support 200 onsite jobs at Derry Airport.

In Derry, Ryanair’s Director of Route Development, Kate Sherry said: ‘We are pleased to launch our Derry winter 2016 schedule, with 3 routes to Glasgow International, Liverpool and London Stansted, which will deliver 300,000 customers p.a. and support 200 ‘on-site’ jobs at Derry Airport.

To celebrate the launch of our Derry winter 2016 schedule, we are releasing seats for sale from just GBP19.99 for travel in November, which are available for booking until Thursday (14 Apr). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

In addition to the three routes in winter 2016 from Derry, Northern Irish travellers can expect further improvements as Ryanair continues its ‘Always Getting Better’ (AGB) programme, the airline said.

According to a separate release by the airline, the new customer experience initiatives that will be rolled out over the coming year, which form Year- 3 of Ryanair’s AGB programme, include: even lower airfares driven by low oil prices; new aircraft interiors featuring slim-line seats, more leg room, coat hooks, LED lighting etc; Leisure Plus bundle fare including reserved seats, priority boarding and 20kg bag; improved Business Plus service with more flexible ticketing, more fast-track airports and auto-check-in ; and a dedicated Groups website, allowing groups to make and manage their own bookings, among others.

Commenting on the programme, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said: ‘The continued drive to improve our customer experience has been reflected in the record passenger numbers and load factors we have had over the past 2 years, and we are pleased to launch Year 3 of our ‘Always Getting Better’ programme. While Year 1 and 2 were about fixing the areas customers didn’t like and improving the existing offering, Year 3 will be about digital acceleration and innovation, particularly through our Ryanair Labs digital developments.’

‘The one thing that won’t change will be our low fares, and we’ll continue to offer the biggest and best choice of destinations, with the most on-time flights and a fantastic onboard experience, as we grow our fleet, traffic and routes,’ he added.