New airline routes (13 – 19 March)
Belfast to Aberdeen
- Loganair continued its expansion at George Best Belfast City Airport with the launch of daily Aberdeen flights. Inverness flights will also launch from Belfast City, commencing 23 March, followed by four-weekly Dundee services on 02 April. Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City, said:
“Demand for connectivity between Northern Ireland and Scotland remains high which is why we are extremely pleased to reintroduce a daily service to Aberdeen…thanks to the swift response by Loganair, business and leisure passengers alike will continue to enjoy the convenience and ease that a direct flight to Aberdeen provides”.
Belfast City has historically performed well, being flybe’s 3rd highest revenue airport in 2019 according to OAG Traffic Analyser, despite its relatively small size compared to others. Location is king, with it boasting strong yields from being just five minutes from the economic heart of Belfast. In total, 38,531 passengers travelled on the Belfast City to Aberdeen route in 2019, according to CAA data.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- IAG, Ryanair and easyJet all announced today a cut of up to 80% capacity during April and May. Between them, over 1.2 million seats have been cut this week, compared to last week.
- In the past 24 hours, airBaltic, Austrian Airlines and SAS Scandinavian Airlines have announced a temporary suspension of operations, amidst “non-existent” demand according to SAS’ CEO, Rickard Gustafson. In the case of SAS, the carrier will be able to undertake rescue flights should authorities require it. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the three airlines have over 1.1 million combined seats this week. SAS is the largest, with 70% of this, with Austrian second (20%) and airBaltic third (10%).