Loganair expands Inverness base

Loganair has increased its route network by taking over franchise partner Flybe’s services from Inverness to Manchester and Dublin.

The move will see the airline deploy one of its four SAAB 2000 aircraft in Inverness, joining a SAAB 340 which operates to Benbecula and Stornoway, and two freighters servicing the airline’s Royal Mail cargo operation.

Development of the Inverness base has required increased staffing, with an additional 14 full-time positions created within the airline’s flight, cabin and engineering divisions.

Loganair chief executive Stewart Adams said: “This is an important day for Loganair as we extend our presence in Inverness. Basing another aircraft at the airport underlines our continued commitment to the Highlands and Islands. These two routes are fantastic additions to our network and we look forward to welcoming all our new passengers.”

Loganair will operate three services to Manchester each week day and two on Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule has been enhanced to increase connectivity with franchise partner Flybe’s services to Southampton, Exeter and Norwich.

The codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways will also remain, allowing long-haul connections to the Middle East and beyond from Manchester. The airline will also continue to operate services between Inverness and Dublin.

Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport general manager, said: “The expansion of Loganair’s Inverness base is good news, particularly from an employment perspective. We are particularly pleased that Loganair will continue the codeshare agreements with Etihad on long haul flights to the Middle East and beyond, and with Aer Lingus, which provides seamless connections to the United States and Canada.”

Fares on both services start from £49.99 one way including all taxes and a free 20kg luggage allowance. To book call 0371 700 2000, or visit www.flybe.com