25 FEBRUARY 2019
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The Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract to secure Derry’s sole air service to London has been taken over by Loganair following last weekend’s news that previous operator flybmi had entered insolvency.
The Scottish-based carrier has also provided another major boost for City of Derry Airport by announcing a new daily service to Manchester.
As part of the PSO contract, Loganair will begin operating to Stansted from Wednesday, 27 February, providing two services each weekday and on Sundays alongside a single Saturday flight.
On 24 May, the airline will begin a new daily service to Manchester with a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet, with a flight-time of 70min and offering a convenient gateway to northwest England and worldwide flights with partner airlines at Manchester.
Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “We’re pleased to be selected to operate Derry – Stansted. The news about flybmi created great uncertainty, so we’re focused on recommencing operations as quickly as possible.”
Hinkle noted the route was an important link to London and the South East with a schedule tailored to the needs of the business community, while the new Manchester route marked a further expansion of Loganair’s destination map from Derry, building its relationship with the airport and providing more choice to customers.
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