Aer Lingus Regional commences new services to Newcastle and Isle of Man from Belfast

Aer Lingus Regional, which is operated by Emerald Airlines, has recently increased connectivity to Belfast City Airport by starting new services to and from Newcastle and the Isle of Man.

Operated by an ATR-72, the new Newcastle route flies daily.

Chris Ion of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are pleased to welcome Aer Lingus Regional’s daily service between Newcastle and Belfast City Airport. This investment provides convenient and flexible access to the heart of Belfast, as well as increasing opportunities for the attraction of inbound tourists to the North East of England.’

Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘Since the first Aer Lingus Regional flights operated by Emerald Airlines took off in spring 2022, we have seen the airline grow its route network from Belfast City Airport in response to sustained high demand.

‘We have no doubt that these new routes to Newcastle and the Isle of Man will also prove hugely popular, and we look forward to continuing and developing our successful partnership.’

Aer Lingus Regional also commenced a new service linking Belfast City with the Isle of Man from April 24. The route will initially be operated four times per week, increasing to six weekly flights for the peak summer season.

‘We are delighted to be bolstering our Belfast City schedule by adding a new link between Belfast and the Isle of Man,’ said Conor McCarthy Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City added: ‘This new service to Isle of Man will be the 13th Aer Lingus route from Belfast City providing excellent choice for passengers this summer.

‘The airline will also operate new routes to East Midlands, Jersey, Newcastle and Newquay. This is in addition to its existing services to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Southampton.’

With the airline gradually boosting its summer 2023 schedule, it will be adding 200,000 extra seats from Belfast City Airport as it already operates flights to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton from its Belfast hub.

Loganair announces Summer 2021 schedule from Isle of Man

Loganair, one of the UK’s largest regional operators, has announced its Summer 2021 schedule from the Isle of Man – adding three new routes, increasing services on existing routes and restoring routes suspended during the pandemic.

Loganair has maintained the Isle of Man’s only passenger air services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and is now looking to allow customers to plan and book ahead for summer travel, as Covid-19 vaccines are expected to enable air travel widely once again.

The new routes from the Isle of Man include to Southampton, with three fights a week from May 26 – conveniently scheduled for onward connections to the Channel Islands with Loganair’s partner airline Blue Islands, and for those meeting cruise sailings; to Belfast City with services offered four times a week from April 1 increasing to six times weekly from May 24; and a seasonal non-stop service between the Isle of Man and Jersey, flying every Saturday from May 22 until late September.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We are heartened to be able to further increase the island’s connectivity with these announcements. We’re already seeing bookings coming in for destinations such as Jersey and Cornwall, and it was increasingly clear that the Isle of Man was missing out. Today’s announcements will provide clarity for both our customers on the Isle of Man and those on the ‘other island’ and beyond wishing to plan and book for the summer.’

‘We’ve taken a phased approach to increasing the number of flights on offer, in anticipation of a progressive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and re-opening of borders. Of course, we will continue to work closely with the airport management team and the Isle of Man Government to prioritise public health and continued connectivity.’

Loganair said that it is also planning to increase the numbers of seats available across all routes by introducing larger ATR72 turboprop aircraft, which can carry up to 70 people per flight.

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.

Citywing announces additional flights to Glasgow, to resume Blackpool service

Citywing, an Isle of Man-based company that sells seats on scheduled air flights operated under charter from Van Air Europe, has announced a further increase on its flights between the Isle of Man and Glasgow for summer 2015.

Starting May 01, 2015, Citywing will provide the Island’s community with a regular and frequent direct service with 11 return flights a week. The fares start from £49.95 each way, including all taxes and charges.

With its range of tourist attractions, Glasgow is seen as a fine getaway city break, whether it is shopping, visiting a museum, the annual jazz festival or relaxing in bars and restaurants. Glasgow International Airport also offers travellers an alternative hub to connect to onward worldwide destinations.

David Buck, managing director at Citywing, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to increase our services to Glasgow this summer and believe we have covered all the bases with the changes in our scheduling. Our business passengers can now take advantage of a day return whilst the leisure traveller can enjoy short breaks off the Island with weekend travel now being more available.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘We were delighted when Citywing decided to reinstate this important business and tourism link in 2014.

We wish Citywing continued success with this route, which offers the only direct route between Scotland and the Isle of Man, and look forward to working closely with the airline to ensure its continued success at Glasgow Airport.’

Separately Citywing is expecting its services to Blackpool to resume on April 1, according to an online report by IOM Today.

‘We are endeavouring to have operations up and running by April 1. Negotiations are ongoing,’ Buck reportedly said. However, according to Ronaldsway Airport director Ann Reynolds, security aspects still needed to be resolved, as Blackpool Airport does not have a full commercial licence yet, and with the same security protocols that it once had.

Citywing has been taking online bookings on the route; and if the service fails to resume passengers would be offered a refund or alternative flights.


London City Airport Offers New Services to Basel and Isle of Man

London City Airport, an Airport in the UK, will be offering new services to its customers in May 2012.

Swiss International Airlines, based in Switzerland, has commenced a new service from London City Airport to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport in Basel, Switzerland, from May 21, 2012. The twice-daily flights are operating on weekdays, while a single daily flight is available at weekends. The airline also offers daily flights to Geneva and Zurich from London City Airport.

While the service to Basel is priced from GBP56 one way on introductory flights in economy class, a Business Flex airfare is likely to be around GBP304 one way.

The minimum fare is inclusive of a checked bag and a hand luggage item of a maximum 8 kg, while the most expensive fares are inclusive of a checked bag and two pieces of hand luggage of maximum 8kg each, and access to the airport lounge.

British Airways is also offering a new service from the airport to the Isle of Man,  situated in the Irish Sea. The service commences from May 28, 2012, and includes a daily flight on weekdays. The service is expected to expand to three-times daily flights from London City Airport to the Isle of Man on weekdays, and daily flights on weekends, from June 25, 2012.

The British Airways fares, commencing at GBP78.41 one way, are inclusive of complimentary online check-in and complimentary seat selection up to 24 hours before departure, as well as luggage allowance of 23kg in checked-in baggage, complimentary food and drinks onboard and zero fees on debit card usage.