Tomorrow is the final day of Loganair’s Newcastle to Aberdeen service.
Its alternative offer is a twice-daily service (Monday to Friday) and once daily on Sunday (no flight on Saturday) between nearby Teesside and Aberdeen.
As readers will have seen from previous reports Teesside is part of the government’s ‘levelling up’ strategy. It’s one in which Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is playing a role with airport expansion.
In a statement to Business Traveller, Loganair says:
“Throughout the majority of the last year, Loganair has operated the Newcastle-Aberdeen route to ensure connectivity for our essential workers.
“However, passenger bookings have not reached, and do not show signs of reaching, the levels necessary to provide a service that is financially viable in the long term.”
“As regards the domestic operations from Newcastle we remain committed to Southampton, Newquay, Exeter and Jersey.”
As might be expected the news has been welcomed by the rail – see the accompanying tweet from Scotrail MD Alex Hynes:
— Alex Hynes (@AlexHynes) July 21, 2021
Personally I am not surprised by the end of the service. It’s a route which Flybe launched but later abandoned owing to lack of profitability. Domestic aviation is indeed a challenge so one wonders for how long the plethora of routes this year can be sustained.
See our report on Easyjet’s recent domestic expansion: