Loganair takes on Derry service after Ryanair withdrawal

Loganair has returned to City of Derry airport for the first time in a decade with the launch of a service to Glasgow.

The Scottish regional carrier stepped in after Ryanair withdrew from the route last Friday.

Loganair is running five flights a week to the city in Northern Ireland, 10 years since last serving Derry.

The carrier established the first connection between Glasgow and Derry 1979 as the inaugural transport provider to serve the airport.

Loganair is using a 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with a larger, 50-seat Saab 2000 for Sunday evening services, and move to an Embraer jet in 2019.

Extra flights will be added for key travel times including Christmas and New Year to meet demand. Lead-in fares start at £49.99 each way.

Loganair’s 12th destination from Glasgow Airport, the airline has also operated new services to Guernsey and Donegal this year.

Commercial director Kay Ryan said: “Loganair has a relationship with City of Derry Airport which spans across three decades, so everyone is extremely excited to have the route in our network map once again.

“The cities and their populations share very close connections, and this is being reflected via ticket sales. Whether it is family ties or football teams, business or leisure, this is a popular link in both the west of Scotland and Derry.

“We’re also pleased to be able to offer onward connections through Glasgow with our large network of airline partnerships including Emirates, KLM, Air France and Thomas Cook, allowing for global travel, often on one-ticket.

Charlene Shongo, airport manager for City of Derry airport, added: “The service has already proven very popular with business and leisure travellers with Loganair indicating strong sales to date; as well as acting as a catalyst for inbound tourism to the region, offering more choice to prospective visitors travelling from Scotland.

“We look forward to working with Loganair, to maximise the promotion of this new service.

“The importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights is critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”