Two-year extension for Dundee-Stansted service

An air link between Dundee City airport and Stansted has been secured for a further two years.

The UK and Scottish governments and Dundee City Council have agreed a public service obligation (PSO) contract worth almost £3.7 million.

Loganair will continue to operate the route from March 26 with two return flights on weekdays and one return on a Sunday.

The UK government will contribute half of the total funds, with the Scottish government putting in £1.4 million and Dundee City Council providing £400,000.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK aviation minister, said: “Passengers and businesses will continue to benefit from the connectivity this route provides. It will further boost trade and tourism opportunities will continue to flourish in Scotland.”

Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s transport minister, added: “The award of this contract to Loganair is welcome news which provides continuity of service on this important route.

“This flight not only provides a direct link to London, but also offers passengers a wide number of onward connecting destinations from Stansted. This will continue to benefit business and leisure travellers alike.”

Ken Guild, Dundee City Council leader, added: “Securing the route for a further two years through this latest PSO gives the council and its partners an opportunity to build on the service and attract other routes.”

The UK government funding is through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund, which aims to maintain connectivity between London and smaller regional airports, where routes are at risk of being withdrawn.

It follows £3.8 million of government funding going to secure flights between City of Derry airport in Northern Ireland and Stansted, after Ryanair announced its withdrawal from the end of March.

Bmi Regional is to step in to run 13 return flights a week from May 2, supported by two years of government funding under the PSO provisions.