Scottish carrier Loganair is continuing to expand its UK regional service, with two new routes set to launch in May.
The airline will commence a weekday service between Teesside International and Bristol airport on May 24, with the 70-minute flight departing Teesside at 1425, and Bristol at 1605.
Loganair recently returned to Teesside airport, with routes to Aberdeen and Heathrow already having launched, and services to Belfast City, Dublin, Jersey and Cornwall Airport Newquay set to follow “over the coming weeks”.
CEO Jonathan Hinkles said Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech “was effusive in his praise of what is being achieved on Teesside, and the awarding of one of the eight English free ports to Teesside and the Treasury’s new economic campus to Darlington emphasises this is one of the UK’s areas of growing importance”.
Meanwhile the carrier will also launch flights between Derry and Liverpool on May 24, “following Ryanair’s recent decision to step back from the route”.
There will initially be four flights per week on the route, departing City of Derry on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1050, arriving into Liverpool at 1150, before returning at 1220 and landing back into Derry at 1320. Loganair said that flight frequency on the route would increase to daily from late June.
The carrier will also increase its Derry-Glasgow service from four flights per week to daily from late June, which it says “will secure the long-standing airbridge between City of Derry and Scotland despite Ryanair’s decision to withdraw its flights from CODA to Edinburgh”.
Hinkles said that “when the opportunity arose for us to connect these two important destinations [Derry and Liverpool] in our network following another airline’s withdrawal, we were only too pleased to step in to safeguard these connections.”
“Loganair’s ability to grow at City of Derry is in no small part thanks to the exemplary reputation for reliability and service established by our locally-based team.
“I’m most grateful to all of them for maintaining our London services without interruption over the difficult last 12 months. It’s wonderful to be able to recognise their superb efforts today by re-doubling our commitment to City of Derry’s air links.”
The new follows Loganair’s recent announcement of a new route between Newcastle and Jersey for this summer.