Loganair today announced a new route between Teesside International Airport and London Heathrow.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is photographed with Loganair Embraer 145 regional jet Spirit of Teesside.
The service, which starts on March 8, is initially planned to operate twice a day Monday to Friday with a single flight on Sundays.
From March 28, weekend services will increase to one morning flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays.
The airline, now the UK’s biggest regional operator, has named one of its Embraer 145 jets Spirit of Teesside and the aircraft was met today to celebrate the launch by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.
The service to London’s largest airport, which has continued to offer a wide range of onward connecting flights despite the impact of the pandemic, will offer ongoing international connectivity to people in the Tees Valley via Loganair interline agreements with British Airways, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Qatar Airways amongst others.
Loganair’s Interline agreements will offer single ticket multiple benefits including through check-in, through luggage to final destination and protected connections in the event of delays.
Weekdays see departures from Teesside for the 1 hour 15 minute light at 06.50 and 17.55, with return journeys from Heathrow at 08.50 and 19.50. These times give business customers the option of a full working day at either destination as well as optimum timings for leisure travellers, when national restrictions permit such travel.
This latest launch builds on a partnership between Loganair and Teesside International announced in mid-November, which saw the Glasgow-based airline return to Teesside under its new ownership after an absence of two and a half years.
Then it was announced that flights from Teesside to Aberdeen and Belfast City will operate from the start of February2021, with Dublin, Jersey and Newquay flights set to begin in summer 2021.
Loganair will operate up to seven flights per week to Dublin and Belfast City, six flights per week to Aberdeen, three per week to Cornwall Airport Newquay and twice weekly to Jersey.
Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “We understand the uncertainty around travel right now and are therefore pleased to be able to look towards the future by providing what Teesside International will need as and when lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
“We’re very happy to be returning to Teesside International, and we are back for good. We look forward to working with the team at the airport and the wider Tees Valley Combined Authority.
“There’s no doubt that air travel is having a difficult time right now, but I’m confident that our plans for Teesside International are both viable, appropriate and flexible now and for the longer term.”
On the routes from Teesside, as with all Loganair routes, frequent flyers will be able to take advantage of Clan Loganair, the company’s loyalty scheme, which allows passengers to collect points with every trip. These can be redeemed for flights with only taxes to pay.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Securing flights into the capital with Loganair is another feather in our airport’s cap. The fact that in the next few days you will be able to go on to the websites of the likes of British Airways, Qatar and United Airlines and book flights from Teesside to hundreds of destinations across the globe shows just how far we’ve come since taking the airport back into public ownership and saving it from closure less than two years ago.
“The team is working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring back new bars, restaurants, duty free and a better customer experience with brand new security features, scanners and more check-in desks to manage the increasing number of passengers we’re expecting once we get through this pandemic.
“We look forward to welcoming people from across Teesside, the North East and North Yorkshire back through our great airport when restrictions allow and it is safe to do so.”