Loganair to launch Durham Tees Valley service from Norwich, onward to Aberdeen

Scottish regional airline Loganair has announced plans to launch new services from Norwich Airport to Durham Tees Valley Airport for the first time in two decades.

In addition, passengers from Norwich will also be able to make the onward connection from DTVA to Aberdeen. The two routes will commence on October 15.

Loganair will introduce non-stop flights between East Anglia and the North East of England on six-days per week, while also providing up to three weekday direct services between the Granite City and DTVA with one flight on Sunday. With the new service residents of Norfolk will be able to travel from Norwich to Aberdeen on a one-stop-same-plane service via DTVA in around two hours and 20 minutes, five days per week.

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director said: ‘Reinstating an air service between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Norwich after a gap of 20 years is another important milestone in Loganair’s 55-year history and we’re delighted to mark the occasion.’

‘The increased connectivity by Loganair will bring tremendous benefits for those involved in the offshore energy industries in East Anglia, Tees Valley and Aberdeen regions, which are home to many different companies and individuals working in both the traditional oil and gas market as well as the burgeoning renewable energy industry.’

‘Our competitive fares and business-friendly schedule is a much more attractive offering than the current five-and-a-half-hour drive between Norwich and Durham – something businesses will be keen to hear about.’

Richard Pace, Chief Executive of Norwich Airport, said: ‘Loganair’s new service to Durham Tees Valley Airport puts the North East within easy reach and we’re delighted that the service will start in October. It’s further evidence of Norwich Airport’s growing connectivity, offering even more choice for people to travel from their local airport.’

The new services will be operated by a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Flights from Norwich will depart at 16:00 hours from Sunday to Friday, arriving in DTVA at 17:00. Flights will depart from DTVA to Aberdeen at 17:10 hours Sunday to Friday and 20:20 hours, Thursday and Friday for the one-hour sector to Scotland’s NE. Return flights from Aberdeen will leave at 13:00 hours on Sunday to Friday arriving in DTVA one hour later, for the southbound connection to Norwich. Lead-in fares from Norwich to DTVA commence at £49.99 and £89.99 between Norwich and Aberdeen, Norwich said in a release.

In addition, both of the new DTVA routes will benefit from a codeshare with Loganair’s sister company bmi Regional. Passengers travelling north via Aberdeen can access onward links to Orkney, Shetland, the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital, Oslo.

Loganair announces schedule changes in Dundee/London link

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.

Loganair Offers New and Expanded Services from Glasgow Airport

Loganair, a Scotland-based airline, is launching its new Sunday service between Glasgow Airport in Scotland and Leeds Bradford Airport in Yorkshire, UK. The airline was previously only offering a service from Glasgow to Leeds Bradford airport twice a week.

The Sunday service is being operated in the evening and will use a 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft, with airfares for the route commencing at £59.99 one way.

Phil Preston, the airline chief operating officer, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to add an additional Sunday service on the Glasgow to Leeds Bradford route.

We have been really impressed with our passenger numbers since we took over the original weekday services earlier this year, and decided to introduce the additional Sunday flights to offer both our business and leisure users even greater connectivity from two of Britain’s most popular gateway destinations.’

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘This is great news from Loganair as there is undoubtedly demand for more than just midweek flights between the two airports.

Glasgow and Leeds may be two of the biggest financial centres in the UK, but both areas are also popular with tourists so the addition of weekend capacity on the route is very welcome.’

Loganair has also previously announced the expansion of its service from Glasgow Airport to Shetland, during the school holiday period in October. The airline is offering a total of six extra flights on the route during the two-week school holiday period, commencing from October 12, 2012.