Loganair began operations from Aberdeen to Bristol on 3 March, followed by links to Esbjerg and Oslo Gardermoen the following day. Celebrating the new routes at the Scottish airport on 4 March were: Greig White, Sales Manager, Loganair; Steve Szalay, MD, Aberdeen Airport and Sam Talbot, Marketing Manager, Loganair.
City of Derry celebrated the start of Loganair services to London Stansted on 27 February, with it taking over from bmi regional on the PSO route as a result of the latter carrier collapsing last month. Pictures in Northern Ireland toasting the new service are Charlene Shongo, Manager, City of Derry Airport, and Jonathan Hinkles, MD, Loganair.
- Loganair began operations on four new routes in the past week, commencing operations from City of Derry (LDY) to London Stansted (STN), followed by links from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Bristol (BRS), Esbjerg (EBJ) and Oslo Gardermoen (OSL). The airline was awarded the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract to operate the City of Derry – Stansted link following the news that previous operator bmi regional had entered insolvency last month. It will serve the airport pair 13 times weekly with ERJ145s, with twice-daily services every day except Saturday, when a daily flight operates. Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s MD said: “We’re extremely pleased to be selected to operate the essential Derry to Stansted air service following completion of a competitive tender process. I know the news about bmi regional created great uncertainty, so we’re focused on recommencing operations as quickly as possible. The route is an important link to London and the South East with a schedule which has been tailored to the needs of the business community – enabling a full day of work in the capital before an evening flight home. The weekend services will also be attractive to leisure passengers who can chose the length of a short break.” The three new services from Aberdeen also replace former bmi regional operations. The Bristol connection will be flown seven times weekly, with daily weekday services, double-daily links on Sundays and no flights on Saturdays, while the Esbjerg and Oslo routes will be served five and six times weekly respectively. There is no direct competition on the Aberdeen – Bristol sector, but Danish Air Transport (DAT) already offers four weekly flights from the Scottish airport to Esbjerg, having only launched the route on 25 February, while the Oslo connection is offered six times weekly by SAS. Loganair will begin services on another two former bmi regional routes when it begins flights from Newcastle to Brussels and Stavanger later this month. It will also launch a new connection from City of Derry to Manchester in May.
||City of Derry (LDY)
||London Stansted (STN)
||Danish Air Transport (4)
||Oslo Gardermoen (OSL)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 5 March 2019. WF = Weekly frequencies.