Flybe adds low cost flights
Flybe has signed a franchise agreement with Scottish regional airline Loganair that will see it introducing its low cost flights to the Highlands and Islands.
Loganair now operates as a franchise of British Airways, but will fly in Flybe colours from 26 October this year. The Scottish airline currently carries around 500,000 passengers a year and operates on 26 routes from 16 airports in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Dublin, Derry and the Isle of Man. Routes include Glasgow airport to Shetland, Orkney, Stornoway, Derry and Dublin, and Edinburgh airport to Shetland, Orkney, Wick, Inverness, Stornoway, and the Isle of Man.
"This is a win-win for both airlines," says Flybe chairman and chief executive officer, Jim French. "For Flybe we will see our presence in the key Scottish market greatly enhanced and will benefit from increased passenger traffic into our existing network. For Loganair the alliance is a major opportunity to bring the recognised brand of Europe's largest regional airline and the benefits of the low cost model to over half a million passengers."
Loganair chairman, Scott Grier, comments: "The move to become a franchise partner with Flybe provides certainty and removes speculation about the future of the company. We continue to be committed to operating throughout the Highlands and Islands and this will benefit our customers with a greater choice of connections to UK and European destinations".
Seats on the routes operated by Loganair will go on sale with Flybe flight numbers on Flybe's website from June. The only Loganair services not included in the franchise agreement are Orkney inter-island services which will continue to operate as Loganair flights. Loganair will enter a code-share agreement with BA to enable passengers to connect to the British Airways global network.
Written by: Nick Purdom
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