Published on March 20th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer0
Loganair Suspend Glasgow-Donegal Service
As a direct result of COVID-19 and following the UK Foreign Office’s public advice regarding non-essential travel to Ireland, Loganair will be suspending all Glasgow – Donegal flights from 23rd March -31st May 2020. All affected passengers are being contacted by the airline and offered the options of a full refund, reroute or travel at a later date.
Loganair’s Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “The coronavirus situation has worsened materially in the last four days, and we have now seen forward bookings fall by around 75% versus their usual levels.”
“From the end of next week, we will be implementing an emergency timetable, which will reduce our operations from around 214 to 95 scheduled flights each weekday – a cut of 55%. We expect this to be a temporary reduction and we are implementing this until the end of May but may have to extend that timescale as the situation continues to develop.”
“Customers booked on flights up to the end of May can change their reservation without a change fee to travel on a future date. However, if future flights are more expensive, the difference in fare will be payable. Where services are completely suspended a full refund will be applicable.”
“The situation is incredibly serious and alongside the obvious health and safety implications, puts the future of the entire aviation industry in jeopardy. With this in mind, we have joined with other UK carriers to seek emergency measures from the Government to support all airlines in the sector.”
Hinkles revealed that Loganair staff have been asked to consider a series of measures aimed at protecting employment levels – including reducing working hours by 20% and accepting a 20% reduction in salary as a result or taking a period of unpaid leave. He said: “We are working hard to avoid redundancies and lay-offs as have already been seen at major international airlines and as are likely to follow at several UK airlines in the coming days.”
However, he also advised that the recently announced plan to recruit former Flybe team members would continue, but with a delay to start dates of employment.