The regional airline, Loganair, has reacted to the closure of Flybe by announcing plans to take up 16 of its former routes. Loganair said it will be adding nearly 400 new flights each week and has opened a special recruitment line for former Flybe employees seeking to continuing their aviation careers with Loganair.
The 16 routes – from existing Loganair base airports at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle – will be launched progressively over the next four months.
Flights on the first and largest group of these key air services will commence as early as Monday March 16. The routes are:
|Aberdeen & Belfast City||March 16|
|Aberdeen & Birmingham||March 116|
|Aberdeen & Jersey||May 9|
|Aberdeen & Manchester||March 16|
|Edinburgh & Cardiff||March 23|
|Edinburgh & Exeter||March 23|
|Edinburgh & Manchester||March 23|
|Edinburgh & Newquay||June 20|
|Edinburgh & Southampton||June 15|
|Glasgow & Exeter||March 30|
|Glasgow & Southampton||March 30|
|Inverness & Belfast City||March 23|
|Inverness & Birmingham||March 16|
|Inverness & Jersey||May 30|
|Newcastle & Exeter||July 6|
|Newcastle & Southampton||March 23|
Loganair’s CEO, Jonathan Hinkles, commented: “The collapse of a long-standing airline like Flybe marks a desperately sad day, especially for the airline’s dedicated team of employees and for customers facing disruption to their journeys. By stepping in quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying, and to offer new employment to former Flybe staff members who are facing an uncertain future today.”
Customers formerly booked on Flybe services on the same routes will need to make new bookings at Loganair’s website and obtain a refund via their payment card provider for tickets booked with Flybe. In common with all other airlines, Loganair has no access to Flybe systems or customer data to be able to facilitate re-bookings.
Loganair said it will be recruiting for additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers to be based at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle airports to support the expansion. It is expected that over 100 new positions will be created across the four locations, and Loganair will be prioritising applications from former Flybe staff for all of these roles. There will also be a small number of new head office support roles.
The announcement will also help former Flybe ground handling agents and airport operators at locations such as Southampton and Exeter to preserve employment in their businesses.
Mr Hinkles concluded: “The plan represents the outcome of several weeks of behind-the-scenes contingency planning work, during which we’ve evaluated many routes and aircraft. It’s critical to the continued success of our own airline that we refrain from over-expansion, and that our growth can be delivered within our operational and financial means. “I am confident that the plans being announced today are robust and sustainable, enabling former Flybe customers to benefit from Loganair’s high standards of customer service and on-time performance on a range of new routes, with a strong emphasis on those to and from our Scottish heartlands.”