Loganair & Eastern take over key Flybe routes after collapse

Loganair Embraer 145 G-SAJC
Loganair Embraer 145 G-SAJC

Scottish airline Loganair (LM/LOG) has stepped in to safeguard 16 key routes that were left without an operator when Flybe collapsed yesterday.

The new routes will see Loganair add nearly 400 flights per week to its schedule.

The routes are all Loganair’s hubs at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle to regional airports across the UK.

Flybe collapsed in the early hours of the morning on Thursday 5th March after failing to secure a rescue deal from its shareholders or the UK Government.

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.”

Humberside Airport based Eastern Airways (T3/EZE) has also announced it plans to operate some routes left vacant by Flybe including Aberdeen to Birmingham, Southampton to Manchester and Southampton to Newcastle.

The extra Eastern Airways flights will commence next week.

New Loganair Routes

Route between Flights Starts Lead-In One-Way Fare Frequency & Type
Aberdeen & Belfast City 16 March £ 49.99 Daily ERJ service
Aberdeen & Birmingham 16 March £ 57.99 Up to 3 x daily ERJ service
Aberdeen & Jersey 09 May £ 79.99 Saturday ATR72 service
Aberdeen & Manchester 16 March £ 57.99 4 x daily ERJ service More seats with 4x daily ATR72 service from 1 September
Edinburgh & Cardiff 23 March £ 49.99 Daily ERJ service More flights with 10 x weekly ERJ from 1 September
Edinburgh & Exeter 23 March £ 54.99 Daily ERJ service (excl Wed) More seats with daily ATR72 service from 6 July
Edinburgh & Manchester 23 March £ 49.99 Up to 4 x daily ERJ service
Edinburgh & Newquay 20 June £ 69.99 2 x weekly AT7 service
Edinburgh & Southampton 15 June £ 54.99 Up to 4 x daily AT7 service
Glasgow & Exeter 30 March £ 54.99 Daily ERJ service More seats with daily ATR72 service from 6 July
Glasgow & Southampton 30 March £ 54.99 3 x daily ERJ service More flights & seats with 4 x daily ATR72 service from 6 July
Inverness & Belfast City 23 March £ 49.99 Daily Saab 340 service
Inverness & Birmingham 16 March £ 54.99 4 x weekly ERJ service More flights with daily ERJ service from 23 March
Inverness & Jersey 30 May £ 79.99 Saturday ATR72 service
Newcastle & Exeter 6 July £ 54.99 Daily ERJ service
Newcastle & Southampton 23 March £ 54.99 3 x daily ERJ service

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