Loganair announces four new routes from the Isle of Man
These routes were previously operated by a motley collection of operators, as discussed later in the article.
Loganair will also resume Edinburgh after a year absence.
These five routes will mean that Loganair’s Isle of Man network in summer 2021 will total eight, twice as many as easyJet.
Loganair currently serves Liverpool, London Heathrow, and Manchester from the island, with Liverpool partly driven by an NHS contract.
The regional carrier will base one Embraer 145 and one ATR-42 at on the island between 28 March and 30 June. From 1 July, its base will comprise three ATR-72s.
|Isle of Man to…||Start date||Weekly frequency: when begins unless stated||Weekly frequency: week of 1 July||Direct competition (WF: when Loganair begins, and from 1 July)||Indirect competition (WF: when Loganair begins, and from 1 July)|
|Belfast City||1 April||4||6||None, none||easyJet: Belfast International (2, 2)|
|Birmingham||2 April||4||7||None, none||None, none|
|Edinburgh*||2 April||3||4||None, none||None, none|
|Jersey||22 May||1||1||None, none||None, none|
|Southampton||25 May||3||3||None, none||None, none|
|Source: airline websites and OAG Schedules Analyser. * Resuming.|
Loganair to have 81 weekly flights come 1 July
Loganair’s eight routes will have 81 weekly flights in the week starting 1 July, with half of its new routes seeing frequency increases.
Birmingham will be daily, the identical frequency flybe had in the same week in 2019 – although it had higher-capacity aircraft.
Flights on the existing three routes will grow by 150% from 24 to 60 weekly.
Heathrow, currently daily, will double; full day trips in London will be possible: arriving Heathrow at 0805 and leaving at 1915.
Loganair’s four routes had 15% of Isle of Man seats in 2011
Belfast City, Birmingham, Jersey, and Southampton had almost 183,000 seats in 2011, OAG data shows. They had 15% of the Isle of Man’s total.
Both Jersey and Southampton ended in 2013; they were operated by Blue Islands and flybe respectively.
Belfast City often had 40,000-45,000 annual seats and was operated by a diverse collection of operators: Manx2 (until 2013); Citywing (following the buyout of Manx2; 2013-2017); Eastern Airways (2017-2018); and flybe (2018).
Between 2011 and 2019, the very rare Let-410 was the main aircraft to ply the 101 kilometres to Northern Ireland; the author happily remembers flying the type. The Jetstream 41 and 32, Saab 340 and 2000, and Dash-8-400 were also used.