Loganair Reveals Six New Routes As Part Of Network Expansion

Loganair has revealed a selection of six new routes from airports across the UK. The first new route will commence operation on 27th February 2020 and all will be served by Loganair’s small Embraer 145 and 135 jets.

A Loganair Saab 340B
Loganair operates a number of small aircraft, including a number of Saab and Embraer types. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

Business Traveller reported today on Scottish carrier Loganair’s announcement of a selection of new routes which will begin operation in 2020. Loganair’s newly announced route expansion will include flights to and from five different UK airports – Aberdeen, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Loganair’s new domestic offering will include flights from Glasgow to Cardiff, Aberdeen to East Midlands and Newcastle to Guernsey. The new international routes will be Aberdeen to Haugesund in Norway, Aberdeen to Brussels, and Newcastle to Bergen.

In particular, Loganair sees the North Sea energy industry as a driving force for demand. In a press release, Loganair’s managing director, Jonathan Hinkles, said,

“The energy market offers a lot of potential and these routes ensure Newcastle and Aberdeen are connected with Bergen and Haugesund, which in combination with recently announced services from Norwich mean these key energy regions are now easily within reach of one and other as part of Loganair’s overall network.”

Ticket prices for the six new routes will range from £49.99 to £89.99, and all flights will be flown by Loganair’s Embraer 145 and 135 jets, with respective seating capacities of 37 and 49.

The UK’s 5th largest airline

Loganair may not be one of the most well-known UK airlines, but it’s certainly proven itself to be good at what it doesIt was named ‘Airline of the Year’ in 2018 by the European Regions Airline Association.

A Loganair Saab 340B
Loganair covers an extensive list of Scottish destinations. Photo: MrAvgeek via Wikimedia Commons

Judges praised Loganair as “an exceptional regional airline, which has rebuilt its commercial infrastructure… while implementing ‘a complete rebrand’ undertaken by a ‘young and inspirational CEO’…”, according to The Glasgow Evening Times.

As a quintessentially Scottish airline, Loganair’s aircraft all feature a characteristic tartan livery on their tails. The airline is now the 5th largest airline in the UK, at least when it comes to the number of flights operated.

Despite the decline in North Sea oil production in recent years, the natural gas sector is thriving. With a long history of serving customers in the oil and gas sector, Loganair continues to do well serving key locations around the North Sea.

Loganair’s regional competitors

From its Glasgow hub, Loganair serves as a vital regional carrier for many remote locations within Scotland. With its hundreds of islands and difficult terrain, Scotland can be hard to navigate outside of the main towns and cities.

A BMI Regional Embraer ERJ-145
Loganair now has less regional competition in Scotland. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

Whilst Loganair now has a firm hold on the Scottish regional market, not so long ago it faced competition from another airline owned by its parent company Airline Investments Group.

Going under in February of this year, Loganair’s sister airline BMI Regional also operated flights to and from a number of Scottish airports. Loganair managed to ‘preserve’ a number of these routes and now operates them using its own fleet.

It also now operates a codesharing agreement British Airways, allowing it to serve as an important regional carrier for passengers traveling to Scotland from all over the world.