Published on March 14th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Loganair steps in to secure Glasgow to Derry air link

Loganair is launching a Glasgow to Derry air service after the recent Ryanair announcement to discontinue the route. The regional carrier, which has a long history of operating between the two cities, will commence the link on Sunday 28th October, the day after Ryanair’s service ceases.

Operating five days per week, Loganair will utilise a 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a larger, 50-capacity Saab 2000 aircraft used for Sunday evening services. Flights will depart Glasgow at 10:55 on Mondays and Saturdays, arriving in Derry 50 minutes later at 11:45. The return trip from departs at 12:15. The Thursday, Friday and Sunday services leave Glasgow at 18:55, with return flights departing at 20:15.

Loganair first served Derry in April 1979, becoming the first airline to operate to City of Derry Airport at the time. Jonathan Hinkles, Managing Director at Loganair said “Glasgow to Derry has always been a really popular route, given the close connections between the residents of the two cities.

“We’re delighted to be returning to a route which we first initiated all those years ago, while also ensuring its continuation following Ryanair’s recent announcement.  We very much hope that our decision to secure the future of this air link will be of keen interest to those with family ties and football affiliations, as well as people with business in the two regions.”

Derry becomes Loganair’s 12th destination from Glasgow. The airline has added Guernsey and Donegal to its Glasgow network this year and will also resume non-stop flights in May from Glasgow to Bergen in Norway for a second summer season. Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport Commercial Director, said “We are thrilled our long-standing airline partner Loganair has made the decision to step in to operate a regular service to Derry.

“The Northern Irish city is a consistently-popular destination with our passengers and the announcement that Loganair will operate five services per week is very welcome news indeed.”

Regional & City Airport’s Contracts Director, Clive Coleman, said “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Scottish Airline, Loganair, back to City of Derry Airport. Loganair, was a key partner in the airport’s early years and we are very pleased to announce their return.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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