Airlines Loganair takes on 16 Flybe routes
Loganair has announced, that it plans to safeguard the UK regional connectivity, after Flybe had to file for administration.
The Scottish carrier will take up 16 routes formerly flown by Flybe. Last week, British largest regional carrier had to file for administration, after the Coronavirus lead to a heavy decrease in flight ticket demand.
This situation is a huge chance for Loganair, as it will be adding nearly 400 new flights each week. The carrier has also opened a special recruitment line for former Flybe employees, who seek to continue working in the aviation industry.
Loganair will launch the flights progressively over the next four months. On Monday, March 16, the carrier will commence flights to Aberdeen & Belfast City, Aberdeen & Birmingham, Inverness & Birmingham, as well as Aberdeen & Manchester. Loganair stated, that all flights are already on sale.
In the upcoming weeks and months, the carrier will start flights between Aberdeen and Jersey, Edinburgh and Cardiff, Edinburgh and Exeter, Edinburgh and Manchester, Edinburgh and Newquay, Edinburgh and Southampton, Glasgow and Exeter, Glasgow and Southampton, Inverness and Belfast City, Inverness and Jersey, Newcastle and Exeter and Newcastle and Southampton.
Loganair’s Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “The collapse of a long-standing airline like Flybe marks a desperately sad day, especially for the airline’s dedicated team of employees and for customers facing disruption to their journeys. By stepping in quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying, and to offer new employment to former Flybe staff members who are facing an uncertain future today.”
Flybe was the largest airline at smaller UK airports. At Southampton for example, Flybe movements were 95% of all flights, in Belfast 80% and in Newquay 65%. Loganair will use this circumstance to continue flights at these airports.
Loganair has also announced, that it will continue to recruit new pilots, cabin crew and engineers to be based at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Furthermore, it will add new ATR 27 Turboprops to the fleet, which is currently consisting of one ATR 42, three ATR 72s, four Embraer ERJ-135s, 13 ERJ-145s, 14 Saab 340s and two Saab 2000s. Loganair was founded in 1962 and has its main hub at Glasgow International Airport.
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