Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, is to take over routes linking Edinburgh and Glasgow with East Midlands from Sunday 27 October as the incumbent airline withdraws its services.
Scotland’s Airline has stepped in at short notice to take on the routes, used by over 150,000 travellers each year, maintaining vital connectivity between Scotland and the Midlands for businesses and for family links and tourism. The move follows Loganair’s inaugural flight at East Midlands at the beginning of September when services to Brussels and Inverness took off, and its recent announcement of new services to Aberdeen from 24 February 2020.
Loganair’s launch of the Edinburgh-East Midlands route will bring immediate benefits for customers, as one of the airline’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jets will be deployed on the route to provide up to four services each way per weekday. This doubles the number of flights on the route and introduces a new, convenient schedule with a choice of departure times throughout the day.
Weekday flights will depart from Edinburgh at 06:50, 14:30, 16:00 and 19:30 and flights will leave East Midlands for Edinburgh at 08:30, 14:15, 17:40 and 19:55. The flight time will be just 70 minutes, and there will be a Saturday morning flight and a choice of Sunday departures too.
Fares on both routes will start from £49.99 one-way and all Loganair fares include a complimentary hold baggage allowance, Clan Loganair frequent flyer rewards and in-flight refreshments. A true sign of Loganair’s continued growth is that the airline now expects to serve over a million Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers on its flights over the coming year!
Glasgow services will similarly commence on Sunday 27 October. There will initially be two flights per weekday – again operated by the 49-seat Embraer Regional Jets which prove popular with Loganair’s customers – plus weekend flights.
Early in the new year, Loganair will upgrade the Glasgow-East Midlands service to three flights in each direction per weekday and introduce a much-improved, customer-friendly timetable on the route, enabling business travellers to enjoy a working day in either destination. The upgrade will take place as soon as operational resources permit.
The new Loganair services will also open up a wide range of flight connections from East Midlands to the Highlands and Islands, meeting Loganair’s flights to destinations including Shetland, Orkney, Stornoway, Benbecula, Islay, Barra, Campbeltown, Tiree and Wick at Edinburgh and/or Glasgow.
Loganair’s Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said:
“We’re delighted to be announcing our expansion at East Midlands today, less than a month after our first arrival at the Midlands airport. As well as safeguarding essential connectivity for business and leisure travellers, we’ll bring improved schedules to the Edinburgh route straight away and to the Glasgow route just as soon as we can.”
“We’re confident that the jet service, enhanced timetable and Loganair’s friendly service will all be warmly welcomed by regular travellers on the routes – whom we look forward to welcoming to the fast-growing Clan Loganair frequent flyer programme too.”
Customers already holding reservations with Flybe will shortly be contacted by them to set out their options including re-booking onto the new Loganair East Midlands-Scotland services. As Loganair has no access to Flybe booking data, assistance for customers to arrange re-booking can only be accessed via Flybe’s reservations team.