Loganair’s Commercial Director Kay Ryan and Manchester Airport’s Aviation Director Julian Carr welcome the inaugural flight to Glasgow from Manchester on 1 September. A bagpipe-adorned cake was crafted to help the first flight’s celebrations.
- Loganair officially marked flying solo again by launching two new services on 1 September. Self-proclaimed Scotland’s airline, which terminated its franchise agreement with the Flybe last week launched up to six services a day using its Saab 340 fleet on the Manchester (MAN) to Glasgow (GLA) route. Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director said: “We’ve been operating this route between Glasgow and the Northwest for eight years so we’re acutely aware of the requirements for an enhanced schedule. A lot of passengers might not have been aware of the Loganair brand as we flew under our previous franchise partner’s colours but the quality of service was wholly down to the hard work of our team. It’ll be the same aircraft, pilots and crew which will be expanding the number of flights available to passengers.” Indeed Flybe will still operate the 312-kilometre pair 21 times weekly according to OAG schedules. In addition to the 28 times weekly Glasgow service, Loganair will continue to provide flights to Norwich (16 times weekly) from Manchester, which it also previously operated under the Flybe franchise. On the same day, Loganair also began twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays) on from Kirkwall (KOI) to Fair Isle (FIE) in Scotland. Operated by its Islander fleet, the 97-kilometre sector will face no direct competition.