Loganair has announced plans to launch flights between Belfast City airport and Glasgow International from September 4.

The double-daily service (daily on Saturdays) will be operated by a 49-seater Embraer 145 jet.

Flights will depart Glasgow at 0715 and 1600 (Monday to Thursday), 1315 and 1600 on Friday, 0715 on Saturday, and 1245 and 1830 on Sundays.

The return leg will leave Belfast at 0830 and 1715 (Monday to Thursday), 1440 and 1715 on Friday, 0830 on Saturday, and 1405 and 1950 on Sunday.

The Belfast City-Glasgow route was previously served by Flybe, which ceased operations in March. Prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Belfast-Glasgow route was also being served by Easyjet, from Belfast International airport.

Commenting on the news Loganair’s chief commercial officer Kay Ryan 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.”

Meanwhile  Glasgow airport’s managing director Mark Johnston, said that “The Glasgow to Belfast City service has always been a popular and convenient route for business travellers given the airport’s close proximity to the Northern Irish capital, so it’s great to see Loganair introduce what will be a twice-daily service from September”.

Loganair also operates flights from Aberdeen and Inverness to Belfast City – routes which will resume on July 6, while the launch of a service between Dundee and Belfast City will follow on September 7.

Details of the carrier’s Safe Steps to Healthy Flying – including enhanced cleaning measures, a requirement to wear face coverings inflights, and the automatic allocation of seats “to ensure middle seats on our aircraft remain empty for social-distancing where possible” – can be seen at loganair.co.uk/travel-help/healthy-journeys.