Scottish carrier Loganair is expanding its presence at London Heathrow airport thanks to a lease arrangement with British Airways.

The airline has secured 30 additional pairs of slots each week at the airport under a lease arrangement with BA, which takes effect from May 2023.

Details of the routes will be announced in the coming days, with services operating from Heathrow Terminal 2.

Loganair already serves the Isle of Man from Heathrow with seven weekly slot pairs. The airline says that its operations at the airport will increase to up to six arrivals and departures each weekday, with reduced schedules at weekends.

The slot arrangement between the airlines comes as Loganair has once again asked the UK Government to initiate action with the European Commission to repatriate control of competition remedies dating back to 2012 under which these Heathrow slots were previously made available to other airlines – predominantly to fly domestic routes.

The airline has also renewed its calls to the government to reform the competition rules for airport slots to boost UK regional connectivity.

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s chief executive, commented:

“We’re delighted to be growing our operations at Heathrow. Having taken these important first steps ourselves to provide new connectivity to and from the UK regions under this arrangement, it’s now essential for the UK Government to initiate the process needed to reform competition remedies to provide access to Heathrow for the UK regions.”