Loganair is taking on more routes from the failed BMI Regional – this time adding East Midlands Airport (Derby/Nottingham area) to Brussels and Inverness
The new routes will start on 2nd September, with an early morning and afternoon rotation to Brussels between Monday and Thursday as well as afternoon services on Friday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Inverness will be served with six flights a week
The plans call for Loganair to use an Embraer 145 jet aircraft on both of these routes. In the past, these routes were served by BMI Regional (until it’s demise in February this year).
Lead-in fares between East Midlands and Brussels begin at £69.99, with tickets to Inverness now on-sale from £49.99 at www.loganair.co.uk
Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair said:
“I am extremely pleased to announce the expansion of our route map while also beginning passenger services from East Midlands Airport.
“Both of these convenient airlinks will benefit the East Midlands region, connecting with Belgium’s largest city – home to thousands of multinational businesses while Scotland’s highlands are now just over 90 minutes away.”
Restoring profitable links?
With BMI Regional fading away as it did, Loganair (which is owned by the same parent company) are looking to pick up the remaining profitable routes that were left behind. Whilst Loganair does have experience of operating cargo to East Midlands, it will be their first venture with passengers.
The regional market in the UK has been tough (with BMI Regional failing, and Flybe cannibalised into Connect Airways), and it will take some savvy sales, the right contracts and walk up fares to make these two routes work.
Let’s hope Loganair can make the routes work
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