Loganair announces direct service between Newcastle and Jersey

Glasgow-based Loganair has announced a new direct service between Newcastle and Jersey as an addition to its 2021 summer schedule.

The new service adds to Loganair’s summer 2021 destinations from Newcastle, which already includes Aberdeen, Bergen, Exeter, Newquay, Southampton and Stavanger.

Commencing on May 28, the new route will operate twice per week on Fridays and Sundays until July 6 – increasing to three times weekly until October 26 with the addition of a Tuesday service. The route will be operated using a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet with fares starting at £75.99 one-way. Tickets are on sale effective immediately.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘We are very excited by the potential of this new route, and believe it will prove extremely popular as it is increasingly likely that British holidaymakers’ options will be unfortunately limited this year.

‘The route will ensure customers in the North East have access to one of the most beautiful and popular holiday destinations in the British Isles, one which provides more than a hint of being overseas with its French place names and climate.

‘This addition to next summer’s schedule shows Loganair’s continued commitment to providing domestic connectivity for both leisure and business customers, despite the severe damage being caused to the aviation industry by the Covid-19 pandemic.’

Leon McQuaid, Newcastle International Airport’s Head of Aviation Development, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see Loganair continue to invest at Newcastle International Airport and to be welcoming yet another destination in addition to routes to Aberdeen, Southampton, Exeter, Stavanger and Bergen.

‘Jersey is a popular destination for the North East travelling public, providing an island getaway a little closer to home. This new service will give greater flexibility for passengers wishing to travel to Jersey whether that be for a holiday, business or to visit family and friends.’

Matt Thomas, CEO for Ports of Jersey, said: ‘We are delighted to announce another step forward in our partnership with Loganair, with the launch of this service to Newcastle. Despite these challenging times, the demand for Jersey as a holiday destination remains strong among visitors, whilst it also enables residents the opportunity of visiting much missed family and friends in the UK.

‘We are working hard to ensure that when the day comes that travel restrictions are lifted, Jersey will be well-placed to reap the benefits that connectivity brings to our tourism and hospitality sector.’

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 announces double daily flights from Newcastle to Aberdeen

Loganair, the Scotland-based regional UK airline, is offering more flights to Aberdeen, introducing an additional daily flight between Newcastle and the Scottish city.

Operated on the airline’s Embraer 135/145 Jet aircraft, Loganair will fly two services to Aberdeen every weekday and one every Sunday. This brings the total number of flights each week to twenty two. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, flights between the two cities were suspended for two months, and on June 1 Loganair became one of the first airlines to resume a limited schedule from the Airport.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer said: ‘I’m delighted that we are in the position to increase our flights to Aberdeen from 14 September.

We’ve been operating this route from June in order to ensure essential workers in the Oil & Gas Industry have been able to get to work.

This ‘step up’ in our frequency reflects increased customer demand not only on our Aberdeen route, but also on Southampton, Stavanger and Exeter.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘The connection between Newcastle and Aberdeen is vital for the region’s economy and many businesses who operate in the offshore sector.

‘Aviation as an industry is facing significant challenges at the moment so it is excellent to see Loganair expanding their schedule such a short time after resuming their flights from the region.

‘The airline has a number of robust safety measures in place, and along with our own Ten Point Plan we hope this will give passengers confidence that they will be safe when travelling.’

The airline has introduced a range of COVID-19 protocols for staff and passenger safety, including a FlySafe programme that features enhanced cleaning between flights including all touch-points, nightly deep-cleans, auto seat-allocation to socially distance those onboard as far as possible, mandatory face-coverings for crew and customers and zonal embarkation.

Loganair and Blue Islands partners to improve north-south connectivity in UK

Loganair, a UK-based regional airline and Channel Islands-based regional operator Blue Islands, have announced the commencement of a new code-share agreement that will improve north-south connectivity across the United Kingdom and to Jersey and Guernsey.

Customers can now book connecting itineraries at Loganair.co.uk including Inverness to Southampton and Exeter via Manchester, Aberdeen to Southampton and Exeter via Manchester, and from Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Channel Islands via Southampton or Exeter. For customers in the Channel Islands, journeys to Scotland or Newcastle on flights operated by both airlines can also now be booked at Blueislands.com. Other routes will be sold by Loganair via its website, including Blue Islands’ popular Exeter and Birmingham to Jersey and Dublin to Southampton routes.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We’re excited our new codeshare partnership with Blue Islands starts today and we’re confident it will be welcome news for customers looking to travel to the north from the Channel Isles and by those in Scotland looking to explore all that Jersey and Guernsey have to offer. The agreement also greatly strengthens our connectivity to Southampton and Exeter with extra connecting options via Manchester complementing our direct services from the central belt and Newcastle. We look forward to further developing our relations with Blue Islands for the benefit of all our customers.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said, ‘We are delighted to see that customers can now book flights using our previously announced codeshare partnership with Loganair. Our initial set of connections enable easy travel to a number of very popular destinations in Scotland and the North for our customers in Guernsey, Jersey, Exeter and Southampton. We expect the network to develop even further very soon, with a wider choice of destinations for next summer.’

The code-share agreement offers several benefits to customers – there is a cost saving for customers in that if a traveller booked had flights with Loganair from Aberdeen to Manchester and then booked separate flights with Blue Islands from Manchester to Southampton, Air Passenger Duty (APD) would be charged twice. That same journey booked today via Loganair.co.uk or Blueislands.com, will be halved. Further, hold luggage will now be through checked to its final destination; and in case of delay or missed connections, a re-accommodation process is offered.

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.