Scottish airline Loganair is launching services linking Aberdeen, Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) and Norwich, from October 15 this year.
The regional airline will provide up to three weekday direct flights between Aberdeen and DTVA with one flight on Sunday, and will restore air links between the North-East and East Anglia by introducing a non-stop flight six days per week linking DTVA with Norwich.
This move will see the introduction of Loganair’s first routes at Durham Tees Valley Airport, and adds to its existing presence in Norwich, where it employs 25 staff including pilots, cabin crew and engineers to provide regular flights to Edinburgh, Manchester and Jersey.
Both of the new DTVA routes will benefit from a codeshare with Loganair’s sister company bmi Regional. Passengers travelling via Aberdeen can access easy onward links to Orkney, Shetland, the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital, Oslo.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said: “Commencing operations from Durham Tees Valley Airport is another important milestone in Loganair’s 55-year history and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion.”
“The increased connectivity by Loganair will bring tremendous benefits for those involved in the offshore energy industries in North-East, Aberdeen and East Anglia which are home to many different companies and individuals working in both the traditional oil and gas market and the burgeoning renewable energy industry.”
The announcement was welcomed by Durham Tees Valley chief executive Steve Gill as a ‘real shot in the arm for the airport—and very good news for the region’s business community.’
Gill said: “We are delighted that Loganair has shown such confidence in Durham Tees Valley, especially at such an important point in the airline’s development as it prepares to operate flights in its own right from next month after 24 years of operating under franchise agreements with other carriers.”
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Peel Airports, said: “Attracting a well-established airline such as Loganair is exactly in line with the strategy we set out in the business plan for Durham Tees Valley to concentrate on supporting and developing services focussed on the business community.”
“The links between our region and the Aberdeen area are, of course, well established and there is a great deal of business synergy with Norwich. Having direct air links to both is of real benefit for our local firms providing goods, services and expertise in these fields.”