23 SEPTEMBER 2019
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Loganair, which calls itself Scotland’s Airline, is to take over routes linking Edinburgh and Glasgow with East Midlands from 27 October following news that incumbent carrier Flybe is set to discontinue the services (see separate story in this issue).
Flybe has also announced it is dropping its route between the Isle of Man and Heathrow and closing its base on the island by the beginning of the summer 2020 season. The daily Dash 8-400 turboprop service was launched in April 2019.
The moves are part of a shake-up at Flybe under new owner Connect Airways (BTN 8 July), with Isle of Man operations being taken over from 5 January by Connect member Stobart Air using ATR 72-600s.
Stobart says it will also continue to operate current Flybe services between the island and Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. With 63 weekly departures and a 41.55% market share by capacity, Flybe grew to be the second-largest operator on the Isle of Man by number of seats behind easyJet.
Elsewhere, Flybe has boosted frequency for its 2019-20 winter schedule from Southampton from 27 October, flying daily to Amsterdam by adding an extra 18 flights a week and making Paris Charles de Gaulle a Monday-to-Friday service.
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