Loganair to launch new Derry route from Glasgow
Scottish airline Loganair is launching a new Glasgow to Londonderry air service, just one week after Ryanair announced it would be stopping its service on the route.
Loganair's new service will start operating from October 28 - the day after Ryanair's service ceases.
The route will operate five days a week, with the airline using a 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, switching to a larger, 50-capacity Saab 2000 aircraft for Sunday evening services.
Last month, Dublin-based Ryanair announced it would be closing its base at Glasgow Airport, putting a halt to its Londonderry to Glasgow service as of October this year.
David O'Brien, the airlines's chief commercial officer, said the decision was made because Glasgow "simply can't bear the burden" of air passenger duty (APD).
The lead-in fares for Loganair's new service start at £49.99 and include a 20kg baggage allowance and complimentary in-flight refreshments.
Extra flights will be added around key travel times including Christmas and New Year to meet demand.
Loganair first served Londonderry in April 1979, becoming the first airline to operate to City of Derry Airport at the time.
Jonathan Hinkles, managing director at Loganair, said the route has always been popular, given the close connection between the residents of the two cities.
"We're delighted to be returning to a route which we first initiated all those years ago, while also ensuring its continuation following Ryanair's recent announcement," he added.
"We very much hope that our decision to secure the future of this air link will be of keen interest to those with family ties and football affiliations, as well as people with business in the two regions."
Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport's commercial director, said it is "thrilled" at Loganair's decision.
"The Northern Irish city is a consistently-popular destination with our passengers and the announcement that Loganair will operate five services per week is very welcome news indeed," he said.
Londonderry becomes Loganair's 12th destination from Glasgow, with the airline adding Guernsey and Donegal to its Glasgow network this year.
Regional & City Airport's Clive Coleman, said: "Loganair was a key partner in the airport's early years and we are very pleased to announce their return."
Founded in 1962, Loganair employs 680 staff in the UK.