Loganair’s Durham Tees Valley to Aberdeen and Norwich
“A very significant week in delivering our plans for securing the future of Durham Tees Valley airport and its contribution to the region’s economy,” said Durham Tees Valley CEO Steve Gill about the start of Loganair’s new routes from the airport to Aberdeen and Norwich. A tartan-emblazoned, Saab 340-topped cake was also baked to mark these important new sectors. While Norwich is a brand new destination for the airport, Aberdeen is already served by Eastern Airways.
- Loganair initiated two new services on 16 October, with up to three weekday flights between Durham Tees Valley (MME) and Aberdeen (ABZ), as well as a six times weekly service linking Durham Tees Valley with Norwich (NWI). While the latter 269-kilometre sector will face no direct competition, the former 303-kilometre airport pair will see Eastern Airways provide a 15 times weekly service up against Loganair. Both routes, which are flown by the Scottish airline’s 34-seat Saab 340 fleet, will provide extra connectivity through 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. “The arrival of 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 providing vital connectivity to the business community,” said Durham Tees Valley CEO Steve Gill. “We are not ruling out developing leisure routes in the future which will need to driven by local market demand and have alignment with airline strategy. The priority is to secure the future of the airport until such a time that this becomes viable.” Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director said: “It’s fantastic to commence services on these two routes, acting as an important gateway for the energy sector. Bookings have been extremely encouraging since tickets to Aberdeen went on sale a few months ago, even more positive when considering this is additional Aberdeen capacity from Durham Tees Valley.” Along with Loganair’s new services and Eastern Airways’ Aberdeen link, Durham Tees Valley is also connected to Amsterdam with KLM, with the SkyTeam member offering 19 weekly flights on the airport’s only scheduled international connection.