Scottish carrier Loganair will launch daily flights between Glasgow and Dusseldorf on March 31, a day after Eurowings discontinues the route.

Loganair will use its new Embraer 145 Regional Jet, departing Glasgow at 1020 and arriving in Dusseldorf one hour and 50 minutes later at 1310 local time. The return flight will leave at 1350 and land in Glasgow at 1440.

The airline said keeping the route running would support “important cultural and business links between the west of Scotland and the North Rhine.” It will be Loganair’s first German destination.

The airline added that it had faced tough competition from intercontinental airlines for scarce runway slots at Germany’s third largest airport.

Flights are on sale now on the Loganair website. Business Traveller found return flights, including 20kg luggage, from £137.81.

MSP Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, agreed the route was a significant business link between the two countries.

Matheson said: “It’s great to see this important route being sustained. Loganair is showing real confidence and ambition by taking on this high-profile service.

“This link plays a key role for the economies of Glasgow and the west of Scotland, as Germany is one of our most important tourist markets in Europe. It is also welcome news for some of our most important industries such as manufacturing and finance and the links they have established in North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director, said: “Our new Dusseldorf route is Loganair’s first foray into Germany, heralding another significant milestone for the airline as our reach extends into continental Europe.

“We’re now able to carry passengers further and faster since adding Embraer 145 jets into the fleet, an important development for international travel.”

Paul White, Head of Aviation at Glasgow Airport, said: “Loganair’s decision to introduce its first route to Germany is a landmark moment for the airline and welcome news for Glasgow Airport.

“Dusseldorf continues to be a popular destination and this new service from Scotland’s airline will provide our passengers with even greater choice.

“The introduction of the daily service to this fantastic city will also further strengthen our strong links with Germany, which currently includes routes to Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich.”