Loganair is planning to change the schedule of its Dundee-London Stansted flights to suit the convenience of business community and regular passengers, the Courier has reported.
Flybe said that its flight partner Loganair, which launched the public service obligation route in March, is introducing the new flight times after extensive consultation with business community and service users, including a passenger survey carried out by Dundee Airport. Almost 90% of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce members who responded to the survey were in favour of the proposed business-friendly time changes, it said.
Accordingly, from January 4 the afternoon north and southbound services will take off later to allow daily passengers longer working days before leaving for the airport. The change will be especially useful for commuters returning to Dundee, it said.
With the traffic congestion on the Stansted airport route, which is more than an hour from central London, commuters have had to begin their journeys by mid-afternoon for checking-in on time for the 6.25pm flights. Starting Sunday, that flight will now leave at 7pm. The corresponding flight from Dundee to Stansted has been moved from 4.25pm to 4.50pm.
Loganair chief operating officer, Phil Preston, said: ‘The amendments to the Dundee-Stansted service are being introduced to increase convenience for business passengers. We consulted extensively with the business community, with the goal of making modifications to the service to further meet their needs and, overall, it has been an extremely useful process.’
Dundee Airport manager, Derrick Lang, said: ‘We welcome Loganair’s decision to introduce a more business-friendly evening schedule in response to feedback from our survey. The later evening departures will ensure that business travellers can make the most of their working day. It’s encouraging that Loganair have listened to local businesses and changed the schedule to suit their needs.
‘Hopefully this will encourage those who haven’t yet tried the service to do so. We will continue to work with Loganair and other partners to promote the route.’
Loganair’s single rotation service on Sundays will also operate the new departure times from Dundee and Stansted.