Loganair jet services from Aberdeen to Newcastle and Norwich commenced September 1, as the airline establishes itself as the North-East airport’s largest operator both by number of flights and destinations served.
Loganair is also marking its first services from Inverness to the East Midlands, operating six flights per week between the two airports on a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft.
It is providing up to three non-stop weekday services to Norwich and Newcastle from Aberdeen, as well as non-stop Sunday services to each region – also operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft.
UK Civil Aviation Authority data demonstrated that another operator on the route to Newcastle cancelled a nearly a quarter of its scheduled flights in 2018 with only 65.5% departing on time (within 15 minutes of scheduled departure).
With bases in Aberdeen, Norwich and Newcastle, Loganair has aircraft and engineering capacity in the North East of Scotland, Newcastle and Norfolk, supporting a robust operation.
Reliable connectivity between the regions is important for the growth of the transport reliant offshore industry and the airline has indicated ticket sales from oil and gas customers have been encouraging. Those travelling north with Loganair will also benefit from secure onward connections to Orkney, Shetland and Esbjerg.
Customers holding Vantage Cards or valid offshore ID’s also receive extra flexibility from the airline to help with changes in shifts patterns or weather that impacts upon connecting helicopter flights.
With one of the most generous complimentary luggage allowances, inflight hospitality and frequent flyer programmes of any UK carrier, Loganair is confident that its competitive offering will be popular with customers flying between the three destinations and onwards via the Aberdeen hub.
Kay Ryan, Commercial Director at Loganair, said: “We’re delighted to be further strengthening our hub at Aberdeen Airport, complementing our existing network in the North-East.
“We know our new routes from Newcastle and Norwich are important links for the offshore industry and we’re looking forward to delivering a frequent, dependable and rewarding service for those in the industry.
“East Midlands is an ideally positioned airport, providing easy access to major cities across six different counties.”
Steve Szalay, Managing Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: “It’s fantastic to have Loganair increasing its presence and capacity at Aberdeen International Airport. The move helps solidify the North East’s connectivity to the North East of England and East Anglia; some of the UK’s leading off-shore energy regions.”
Paul Livingstone, Head of Business Development at NOF - which supports businesses operating within the energy sector - said: “We welcome the launch of this additional service by NOF member Loganair which provides a regular and direct link between Newcastle and Aberdeen.
“NOF is confident this service will further strengthen the ties between the offshore energy sector supply chains in the North East and Scotland, leading to greater opportunities and stimulating industry innovation. I’m sure this service can have a strong and positive impact on the economies of both regions.”
Inverness Airport general manager Graeme Bell said: “Loganair’s new East Midlands service is an excellent addition to the destinations passengers can now fly to from Inverness. It establishes fast and efficient links to the heart of England and will be welcomed by business and leisure travellers alike.”
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