Loganair announces new Scotland-Wales flight service

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has launched its new service between Edinburgh and Cardiff, starting August 2.

Flights will be operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jets, with prices on the 1hr 25 min trip starting at £49.99 one way including taxes and charges. Tickets are now on sale, and all Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance.

The direct flights – five per week in each direction – represent the last major route to be restored by Loganair and other carriers, reintroducing the domestic connectivity lost when Flybe collapsed in March 2020. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. The Cardiff service adds to the eight others already flown from Edinburgh by Loganair, including Southampton, Newquay and the Isle of Man.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘I know many of our customers – both business and leisure – have been waiting for this service to resume, and we are very pleased to be able to add Cardiff to our Edinburgh roster.

‘Importantly, these services fill gaps left by the collapse of Flybe, with almost every lost domestic destination now being restored by Loganair and other carriers over the coming months.’

Kate Sherry, aviation director at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We’re excited to be reconnecting the capitals of Scotland and Wales, a route which will allow family members to reunite as well as enable people to enjoy a well-earned break in Edinburgh and Cardiff. It’s been an extremely tough period and we know people are looking forward to enjoying some time away from home, and this is further good news as the airport looks to provide those opportunities for our passengers. Loganair is a valued partner and its confidence in Edinburgh Airport is welcome now and going forward.’

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport said: ‘We’re pleased that Loganair has stepped in to re-establish a vital connection between Wales and Scotland with a regular Cardiff-Edinburgh service. Customers will once again be able to fly easily for business and to visit friends and family, as well as have the opportunity to travel for a well-earned city break or to explore Scotland’s beautiful scenery.

‘It is a top priority for us to re-instate routes lost as a result of the pandemic, and we are delighted that Scotland’s airline has announced this essential service for our customers, increasing regional connectivity from Wales. We look forward to working closely with the Loganair team going forward.’

Loganair has a comprehensive FlySafe protocol in place requiring all customers, unless medically exempt, to wear face coverings; social distancing through boarding and disembarkation; and additional aircraft cleaning and sanitisation between every flight. These protocols will remain in place for as long as reasonably required through public health precautions, it said.

Further, Loganair’s FlexProtect programme allows customers to change their bookings or obtain a refund, if there is a change in Government legislation or rules that affects their travel plan.

Loganair resumes flights to Exeter from Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle Airport has said that Loganair has resumed flights between Newcastle and Exeter.

Suitably scheduled for both business and leisure travel, the new flights will operate every Monday and Friday throughout May before increasing to every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June. Flights are available from £76.66 one way, and are on sale now at Loganair.co.uk, the airport said.

Exeter is the third Loganair route to resume at Newcastle Airport, with Aberdeen and Southampton flights already operating. The airline is also planning to introduce a new route to Newquay which will operate every Monday, Friday and Saturday throughout the summer season.

In addition, Loganair will also begin a new route to Jersey from Newcastle on June 25, operating three times a week between the North East and the popular Channel Island destination.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘Connectivity between the North East and rest of the UK is extremely important and Loganair has been integral to unlocking these key air links.

‘I am delighted that this route has been restored, catering for both business passengers as well as passengers planning a holiday or visiting family and friends in the South West of the UK.

‘As the demand for travel continues to increase we have been working hard to ensure the terminal is a safe environment for all. Our Ten Point Plan of safety measures includes an enhanced cleaning regime and over 100 hand sanitiser stations within the terminal for our passengers to use.’

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘We believe the return of this service will prove extremely popular with North East travellers, showing as it does Loganair’s continued commitment to providing domestic connectivity for both leisure and business customers despite the severe damage which has been caused to the aviation industry by the Covid-19 pandemic.’

Loganair announces new direct routes connecting East Anglia with Norwich, Exeter

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has announced the launch of new air routes connecting East Anglia with the South-West of England with flights to Norwich and Exeter.

The service, which starts on July 12, will operate a four flights per week service across the summer season on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – moving to Monday and Friday flights from September onwards. The 70-minute flight will be operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jets and can be a more convenient way to travel than rail connections via London or the 320-mile road journey.

Fares start from £49.99 one-way including all taxes and charges. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, and tickets are on sale from today at www.loganair.co.uk. The service links existing Loganair destinations. Norwich is already served from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Jersey, and Exeter from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Loganair also said that its Edinburgh-Norwich services, originally planned to resume in September, will now recommence on July 12.

Loganair Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We are very pleased to expand our commitment to Norwich and Exeter with this direct service, connecting two important UK business and leisure locations. We’re sure this new connection will be warmly welcomed by customers travelling for work reasons and by those – just as soon as they can – travelling to visit friends and family.

‘The need for domestic connectivity has been clearly recognised by the UK Government with its stated intention to reform Air Passenger Duty on domestic flights. There is no doubt the high level of APD has historically rendered such links as Norwich to Exeter economically difficult to sustain.

‘The fact that 42 of Flybe’s 46 lost domestic routes have now been restored also shows the resilience and the importance of supporting the UK’s domestic airlines and this ‘team effort’ across the industry is something of which we should we all be proud.’

Exeter Airport Operations Director Stephen Wiltshire said: ‘It’s marvellous that Loganair is re-establishing the link between Exeter and Norwich, which is a key route for business, tourism and reconnecting family and friends kept apart by the pandemic.

‘Importantly, this launch fills another gap left by the collapse of Flybe, with almost every domestic destination from Exeter now being restored by Loganair and other carriers over the coming months.’

Norwich Airport Managing Director Richard Pace said: ‘We’re delighted Loganair is re-establishing the link between Norwich and Exeter. We also welcome Loganair’s decision to restart the route to Edinburgh in July. In launching these routes, Loganair is putting its trust in the UK Government to deliver on its promise to reduce domestic Air Passenger Duty which is critical to the recovery and sustainability of domestic flying.’

Loganair announces new service connecting Teesside International and Bristol

Loganair, the UK-based regional airline, has announced the launch of a new air route between Teesside International and Bristol.

The new service will start on May 24, and will operate a service in each direction Monday to Friday and on Sundays. The 70-minute flight will leave Teesside on weekdays at 14.25, with the return flight departing from Bristol 16.05. Fares start from £49.99 one-way including all taxes and charges. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, and tickets will go on sale from March 9.

Loganair Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We are very pleased to expand our commitment to Teesside International with this direct service to Bristol, connecting two important UK business locations. We’re sure that the new connection will be warmly welcomed by customers travelling for work reasons and by those – just as soon as they can – travelling to visit friends and family.’

‘Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech was effusive in his praise of what is being achieved on Teesside, and the awarding of one of the eight English free ports to Teesside and the Treasury’s new economic campus to Darlington emphasises this is one of the UK’s areas of growing importance.

‘Our Teesside to Heathrow service starts today, and these announcements mean we are already looking at increasing flights to London.’

Bristol Airport CEO Dave Lees said: ‘Frequent flights between Bristol and the North of England help foster strong links for business and tourism, which is why Loganair’s new Teesside service is such great news. Teesside is a convenient gateway from which to explore the North England, just as Bristol Airport is the ideal starting point for visitors to South West England and South Wales.’

Loganair returned to Teesside – under its new ownership – on February 1 after an absence of over two years. Since then the airline has established on the key route to Aberdeen; has added London Heathrow flights and is introducing flights from Teesside to Belfast City, Dublin, Jersey and Cornwall Airport Newquay over the coming weeks.

The new service will become the airline’s seventh route at Teesside. As part of the renewed partnership with Teesside International, Loganair has named one of its Embraer 145 jets Spirit of Teesside.

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.