Loganair has launched its Summer 2022 programme as it rebuilds its schedule and looks to the return of international flights.
Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer.
The schedule – which the airline described as “cautiously optimistic” - will see Loganair return to international flying next year for the first time since the start of the pandemic. It will introduce new routes to its domestic network and will offer a modest increase in frequency on several existing routes.
Customers can now book flights from 27th March 2022, flying on over 1,300 flights per week, with 58,000 weekly seats available across 73 domestic and international routes that Loganair plans to operate next year. Flights can be booked from today until mid-August 2022 and future flights beyond that date will become bookable around 11 months in advance.
A new route introduced to the Loganair network in Summer 2022 will link Teesside with Dublin, where four jet flights each way per week will operate from 27th May. Flights between Aberdeen and the Irish capital – which join the Loganair network next week – will also expand up to nine per week in each direction as part of the Summer 2022 schedule.
Importantly, the strong business, leisure and cultural links with Norway will be re-invigorated with Loganair’s resumption of services to both Stavanger and Bergen next year. Regular flights will operate from Edinburgh and Newcastle to both cities, and the important historic ties between the Shetland Islands and Norway will be maintained with the re-introduction of seasonal Sumburgh-Bergen flights.
Complementing the new route and restored international services, Loganair will also be expanding services on several of its UK domestic and Isle of Man routes:
There will be additional services during the peak summer from Manchester and Edinburgh to Cornwall Airport Newquay (increasing to seven and six flights each week respectively).
There will be a new one-stop, same-plane service linking Cornwall Airport Newquay with Inverness every Saturday, and the one-stop, same-plane service between Aberdeen-Newquay will be increased from five to six days per week (now daily except Wednesdays) between May and September.
Isle of Man services will be flown by larger ATR72 aircraft, moving from 48 seats per flight today up to 72 seats. Frequency of service between the Isle of Man and Manchester will increase to four flights each way per weekday and Isle of Man-Liverpool will increase from two to three flights each way per weekday.
There is a boost at City of Derry where London Stansted services will increase from 15 to 17 flights each week in the peak season and larger ATR72 aircraft will be deployed on the Liverpool-City of Derry route to provide more seats every day after a very strong first summer on the route this year.
Edinburgh-Cardiff flights will increase to six-times weekly (daily except Saturday)
A second Glasgow to Sumburgh service will be introduced on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays and Loganair will resume a fourth flight between Glasgow and Stornoway on Mondays and Fridays, strengthening connectivity between Glasgow and the Scottish islands.
Loganair is one of only two passenger airlines in Europe which Eurocontrol data indicates are flying more in 2021 than they did in 2019. To support its industry-leading position in the recovery from the pandemic, the airline has chosen to focus on key destinations and will therefore be ceasing services to Donegal and Jersey from the end of this summer season. Jersey has been disappointing this summer with poor customer demand making the route unviable. Loganair is pleased however, to continue serving Jersey via its relationship with codeshare partner Blue Islands.
Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’ve already taken great steps to rebuild our network after the pandemic and we’re looking forward to consolidating this progress over the year ahead. We’re therefore increasing frequency on several routes and will be bringing back international flights for the first time in several months.
“Of course, it’s vital that the prudence and discipline which has helped us to successfully chart a course through the pandemic is maintained. We’ll only add flights and routes where we are wholly confident that customer demand will support such moves. Yet, after two years of scaling back services, we’re delighted to be able to look ahead to a busy summer across our network in 2022.”
Every Loganair ticket includes a complimentary checked baggage allowance and a contribution towards the cost of fully offsetting the carbon emissions from the flight under Loganair’s industry-leading GreenSkies environmental initiative, introduced in June 2021.