Tuesday, 14 May 2019

More new routes from Aberdeen with Loganair

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The regional airline Loganair is continuing its expansion with more new routes from the North-East Scottish city of Aberdeen. 

On Sunday the airline started flights to London Southend Airport with one of the Embraer jets that were rapidly transferred to the company just before sister airline flybmi went into administration. The route to Southend is to be operated up to three times a day, six times a week with fares starting around £49.99 one way - including 20kgs luggage allowance.

Loganair will also be introducing up to three non-stop weekday services to Newcastle and up to three non-stop weekday services to Norwich from September 1st from the granite city. Non-stop Sunday services will also be offered on both routes.

Loganair already has strong operational bases in both Aberdeen and Norwich – a route which can be served with a strong level of resilience due to the availability of aircraft and engineering support at both ends – making the routes a natural fit in the Loganair network.  The new Loganair service will also offer early morning northbound flights from Norwich and later evening return flights from Aberdeen heading south.

The airline took the unusual step in its press release announcing the new routes, to attack another regional air carrier in the UK, Eastern Airlines, which also flies between Newcastle and Aberdeen. Loganair took a swipe at Eastern, say it was unreliable and only 65.5% of its flights departed on time. 

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer more choice to travellers between Aberdeen, Newcastle and Norwich. Data concerning the current operator’s reliability between Aberdeen and Newcastle has been rather poor, which is frustrating for customers given the importance of reliability on this route. Loganair is immensely proud to sit amongst the top of the league for large UK airlines’ on-time performance, with 82% of services departing within 15 minutes of scheduled departure in 2018." 

Steve Szalay, Managing Director Aberdeen International Airport said: “Newcastle and Norwich share a common link with the energy sector and we welcome Loganair’s new services to both cities. Regional connectivity is the bloodline of our business and we’re pleased these services will kick off in September, just as we provide the final lick of paint to our £20 million terminal upgrade project.”

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