Boost for Belfast City Airport as Loganair re-establishes flights to Scotland

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
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Loganair has announced the addition of Glasgow to its portfolio of Scottish destinations from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The service – a double daily Monday to Friday and on Sundays with a single flight on Saturdays – starts on September 4, using a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet.

The weekday timetable from Monday through Thursday has departures from Glasgow at 07.15 and 16.00 and from Belfast at 08.30 and 17.15 – allowing for business meetings to take place in either city before a return flight home.

 

 

Fridays see the first flight from Glasgow at 13.15, leaving Belfast at 14.40, with the Sunday departure from Glasgow at 12.45 and 18.30 and from Belfast at 14.04 and 19.50.

The Saturday flight repeats the same departure times as the first flight midweek.

Flights from Belfast City to Aberdeen and Inverness routes already commenced by Loganair before the COVID-19 lockdown will resume from 6 July.

The launch of Dundee to Belfast City services – an important link for many in the university and medical sectors – will be in line with the start of the new higher educational term on September 7.

Loganair will become one of the largest airlines at Belfast City, from where it flew the very first passenger flight on 7 February 1983 on the day of the airport’s official opening. 

 

 

Loganair’s Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said, “Our expansion at Belfast City Airport is part of a comprehensive plan to re-connect the UK regions as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic begins through all walks of life.

“It has been our privilege to continue serving essential routes, and we now very much look forward to re-linking Belfast City with Scotland. 

“Loganair flew the first-ever passenger flight from Belfast City and we’re delighted to be strengthening these long-standing ties with today’s exciting announcement.”

Loganair, now the UK’s biggest regional airline, has continued to fly more services than any other UK passenger airline during the crisis.

In addition to keeping lifeline routes to the Highlands and Islands open during the pandemic, the airline has also maintained services for essential workers throughout.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport said, “Connectivity between Northern Ireland and Scotland is of great importance, and the launch of Loganair’s comprehensive Scottish route network from Belfast City will be welcome news to many frequent flyers.

 

 

“Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness were popular routes within the Flybe network and we have no doubt there will be significant demand from both business and leisure passengers. We are also delighted to see the return of Dundee to our network.”

Belfast City Airport continues to follow all relevant directives for airports in relation to Covid-19.

Measures are in place throughout the terminal to enable social distancing for passengers and staff with signage visible throughout the airport. The airport has also deployed additional staff dedicated to terminal cleansing.

 

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