Loganair resumes passenger flights from Birmingham

Loganair has resumed passenger flights at Birmingham Airport on June 1, after the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown was lifted and the collapse of Flybe, with the re-establishment of non-stop jet services to Aberdeen.

The Birmingham-Aberdeen services will initially operate four times each week – on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays – which will increase to two flights each way per weekday from August 31. Loganair’s flights between Birmingham and Inverness will resume on July 6, and will also fly on four days per week initially before building to a daily service during August. The Glasgow-based airline is also planning to restore the former Flybe route linking Birmingham with the Isle of Man in the coming weeks.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see Loganair returning to flying from Birmingham, serving these key routes to Aberdeen and Inverness. The team at Loganair have placed significant emphasis on safety and we look forward to welcoming them and their customers through Birmingham in the coming week.’

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘With many businesses turning their thoughts to re-starting work after the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s regional air connectivity will be more important than ever. For the sake of the recovery of the UK economy, we must enable key workers across the oil & gas, construction, service and healthcare sectors to travel swiftly, comfortably and safely throughout the country. As well as providing travel guidance on which basis businesses can plan, we believe today’s announcement will also lend confidence to people looking forward to visiting families and friends once social restrictions permit.’

All flights will be operated under the ‘Safe Steps to Healthy Flying’ protocols which Loganair announced on May 14 – becoming the first UK airline to set out detailed plans on how customer safety will be attained and maintained whilst Covid-19 is present. Loganair’s advice, which is in line with the guidelines announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is available on its website.

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.

Loganair commences new Glasgow service from Cardiff Airport

Loganair has said that it has commenced a new service between Cardiff and Glasgow on February 27, the first air connection between the two cities since October 2019.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome Loganair’s scheduled services to Cardiff, and we are really pleased that they have taken this opportunity to bolster links between Wales and Scotland.

‘Wales has strong ties with Glasgow and the new regular service will help facilitate our passengers who need to travel for business, or for visiting friends and family.’

The new year-round service will connect the two cities, aiming at boosting business or leisure trips of different durations, including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. There is currently no direct rail service between Glasgow and Cardiff, and car journey times can take more than seven hours.

Operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft, the route has a flight time of 1 hour and 15 minutes, and operates up to eight times a week. The launch will also help Pro14 rugby fans looking to follow their club to Scotland for matches against Glasgow Warriors.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on-board our aircraft at Cardiff Airport.

‘This is an important business route to Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest city is a great destination for shopping and nightlife. The city is home to three universities, where the student experience is considered to be one of the best in the UK.

‘Rugby fans will also be delighted with this new route launch, allowing travelling supporters to take in Pro14 clashes against the Glasgow Warriors.’

Across its network, Loganair provides 15kg of complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s reward programme for frequent flyers.

Loganair announces new route to Haugesund, Norway from Aberdeen International Airport

Aberdeen International Airport has announced the launch of a new service to Haugesund in Norway by Loganair.

Starting Monday, February 24, Loganair will operate the Haugesund service all year round four times a week on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. It is the fourth route to Norway from Aberdeen including Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen. Haugesund is a lively city on Norway’s west coast and also serves as a gateway to explore mountains, fjords and waterfalls.

Steve Szalay, Aberdeen International Airport Managing Director said: ‘We’re proud to welcome the new international Loganair route connecting the north east of Scotland with Norway.

‘The new route strengthens Aberdeen International Airport’s links with strategically and economically important regions, boosting the local economy and providing greater choice for holidaymakers.

‘Haugesund has some stunning attractions including the Langfoss waterfall which was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful in the world. I had the pleasure of visiting Haugesund last year. It is such a beautiful spot with a lively and charming town centre. The locals I met were also keen to visit Aberdeen and see our wonderful local attractions. We warmly welcome the service operated by Loganair and look forward to seeing our passengers take advantage of this stunning location.’

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘As an airport, a city and a gateway to some of our most popular routes, Aberdeen is very important to Loganair.

‘The addition of Haugesund to our Aberdeen schedule opens up yet another European destination to passengers in the North East and we look forward to helping them discover everything this stunning destination has to offer.’

Loganair announces new route from Newcastle to Cornwall Airport Newquay

Loganair has announced a new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay as part of expanding its network at Newcastle Airport.

Set to launch on April 1, 2020, the new route from Newcastle to Newquay will enhance connectivity between the North East of England and the South West, with fares from £69.99 one way. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, allocated seating and complimentary in-flight refreshments.

The Newcastle route is a year-round service, with four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Saturday services will operate from May to September and there will be additional flights on Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays in July and August, taking the service up to daily. Tickets are available for booking now.

Loganair Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We’re excited by these new routes which we’ve been working for some time to develop at just the right level. With more and more people holidaying in the UK, avoiding expensive Euro exchange rates or enjoying a staycation with friends and family we’re confident that the routes will do well.

‘The growing economic links between the North East of England and Cornwall mean we’re confident that business demand will sustain the year-round service.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great news that Loganair continue to expand their network from Newcastle with the addition of a route to Newquay in Cornwall. Cornwall is an iconic British holiday destination and I am confident that this will be a very popular addition for our North East travelling public.

‘As one of the airport’s newest airlines, this is the sixth route that Loganair have announced in 2019 alongside Aberdeen, Brussels, Stavanger, Guernsey and Bergen.’

Loganair launched its services at Newcastle in March with routes to Brussels and Stavanger. Since then the airline has added frequent flights to Aberdeen and has announced routes to Bergen and Guernsey for Summer 2020. The airline bases two Embraer Regional Jets at Newcastle, the airport said.

Loganair to launch Glasgow services from Cardiff Airport in February

Loganair has said that it will launch new flights from Cardiff to the tourist city of Glasgow.

The airline is set to commence a year-round, daily schedule on February 27, which will enable business or leisure trips of different durations – including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. The flight will be operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft with a flight time of one hour and 15 minutes between Scotland and Wales. Tickets are available to book at www.loganair.co.uk, with fares starting from £44.99.

Loganair commercial director, Kay Ryan said: ‘We’re delighted to launch a new service from Cardiff – connecting Scotland and Wales’s largest cities.

‘This is an important business route, but the city is also popular with leisure customers – as one of Europe’s most dynamic destinations. We’ve got an extremely competitive offering which includes a complimentary baggage allowance and on board refreshments as well as one of the industry’s most attractive frequent flyer schemes so we’re very much looking forward to serving Cardiff Airport.

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement is very exciting news. We are very pleased that Loganair has recognised the potential that exists within the region and has chosen Cardiff to operate a strategically important route that links Scotland to Wales. I know that our customers will be delighted to know that regular flights to Glasgow are set to continue in the new year.

‘Furthermore, it’s great to welcome a new airline to Cardiff. We look forward to the commencement of the route in February and working closely with the team at Loganair.’

Across all its routes, Loganair provides a complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s reward programme for frequent flyers.

Loganair announces new services link for East Midlands Airport with Brussels and Inverness

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.’

Loganair commences services to Brussels and Stavanger from Newcastle

Scottish airline Loganair has launched its first ever services from Newcastle Airport to Brussels and the Norwegian city of Stavanger.

The flight services to the two European cities were previously operated by flybmi, which went into administration on February 16, prompting Loganair to step in to secure the important routes.

Loganair is providing early morning double daily rotations between the North East and the Belgian capital of Brussels between Monday and Thursday, while also operating two evening departures on Friday and Sunday. It is also offering six services per week to Norway’s Oil Capital, Stavanger on weekdays and Sunday.

Loganair’s commercial director, Kay Ryan said: ‘The Brussels service heralds the first time we’ve ever served either Newcastle or Belgium so it could be said this is a historic day for the airline. We’re also pleased to start operating between Stavanger and the North East – which is a popular route for both the energy sector and holidaymakers.

‘We’re excited about building our presence in Newcastle and bookings on these two routes have been really positive.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome the Loganair team to Newcastle Airport today, to celebrate not only a brand-new airline to the region but also the continuation of two popular routes.

‘I’m sure our passengers will enjoy flying with Loganair to Brussels and Stavanger. Both destinations offer a great city break experience – with Stavanger famed for its natural wonders and Brussels for its historic old town and architecture.

‘Loganair offer a great product, high levels of customer service and excellent flight times. With departures six days a week to both destinations and tickets starting from GBP84, I’m confident the services will be welcomed by both our business and leisure passengers.’

Lead-in fares between Newcastle and Brussels start from £84, while tickets to Stavanger start from £85.99. All reservations include 20kg of complimentary hold luggage and passengers are eligible to join Loganair’s loyalty programme, Clan Loganair. Tickets are available to book online at www.loganair.co.uk, the airport said.

Loganair to offer new Carlisle Lake District route from Dublin

Dublin Airport has said that Loganair will operate a new service between Dublin and Carlisle Lake District Airport starting July.

The airline will operate its five times weekly service with a 33-seater Saab 340B aircraft from July 4. Tickets are now on sale for booking, the airport said.

‘The Lake District is a stunningly beautiful area in the UK and we are delighted to add it as a new destination to our route network,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. ‘I have no doubt that this new route will be popular in both directions for Irish and British customers. We will work closely with Loganair to promote its new service.’

Loganair Commercial Director Kay Ryan, added, ‘There is huge demand for passengers in Ireland to visit Carlisle, which is home to major engineering, manufacturing and logistics industries and serves as a gateway to the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We also anticipate strong interest from passengers in Carlisle and the Scottish Borderlands area who are eager to spend time in Ireland.’

Dublin Airport has recently been named one of the best airports in the world in a global ranking of passenger experience. Dublin Airport was the joint winner in its category of European Airports that have 25-40 million passengers per year in the Airports Council International (ACI) World Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. Dublin shared its category win with Oslo Gardermoen and Zurich.

Dublin Airport’s US Pre Clearance facilities offer British passengers the opportunity to use Dublin as a gateway to America.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Last year Dublin Airport welcomed 31.5 million passengers, a six percent increase on 2017.

Loganair announces new Carlisle route to Belfast

Loganair has announced plans to commence a new service from George Best Belfast City Airport to Carlisle Lake District Airport starting July 2019, an online report said.

The Belfast – Carlisle route will operate five flights per week on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 4, 2019. The service will be operated on a 33 seat Saab 340 aircraft.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘There is significant demand from both business and leisure passengers in Northern Ireland for an affordable air link to the Lake District and southern Scotland, and we are therefore delighted to welcome both a new route and a new airline.

‘The route will connect the local market with major businesses in Cumbria and provide a gateway to the stunning Lake District.

‘The Loganair service will accommodate affordable and convenient access to the region whilst being of strategic importance to Belfast City Airport where developing our route network remains a primary aim.’
Kay Ryan, Commercial Director at Loganair said:’ We’re extremely pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale linking Belfast City Airport and Carlisle Lake District.

‘With journey times of less than one hour, the Lake District is a fantastic holiday destination so the schedule is designed to offer flexibility when choosing travel plans. Equally, we anticipate strong interest from passengers in Carlisle and the Scottish Borderlands eager to spend time in Northern Ireland.

‘The region’s economy is also thriving, and this new route provides the opportunity to do business in Carlisle’s lucrative engineering, manufacturing and logistics industries.’

Flights can now be booked at www.loganair.co.uk with one way fares starting at £39.99, including taxes and charges as well as a 20kg checked baggage allowance, the report said.