Scottish airline Loganair has announced plans to take on 16 routes operated by failed carrier Flybe. The routes, from present Loganair base airports in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Newcastle, will be launched over the next four weeks. The airline said it aimed to”keep essential air connectivity over the UK regions to keep clients flying”. The first service will start on 16 March, and Loganair has released a complete list of the paths.
Flybe went into government last Thursday following a bid for new financial support collapsed. The collapse hit tens of thousands of Scottish travelers as flights were canceled. The additional paths to Loganair’s network will see the airline operate up to 400 new services weekly. Added 70-seat ATR 72 turboprop aircraft will combine Loganair’s fleet over the coming weeks to support the new paths, alongside the present 44-strong fleet of turboprop and Embraer regional jet aircraft.
Loganair stated it would be recruiting additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers to be located at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Newcastle airports to encourage the growth. It expects over 100 new articles to be created across the four places.
In a statement, Loganair stated it would be prioritizing applications from former Flybe staff for each of the roles. Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles reported the collapse of Flybe marked”a desperately sad day”, especially for the airline’s employees and for clients facing disruption to their journeys. “By stepping in quickly with a detailed strategy, Loganair is aiming to keep crucial air connectivity within the UK regions to maintain customers flying, and also to provide new jobs to former Flybe staff members that are facing an uncertain future now,” he said.
Clients formerly booked on Flybe services on the very same routes will have to make new bookings at www.loganair.co.uk, and get a refund via their charge card provider for tickets booked with Flybe. Loganair stressed it had no access to Flybe systems or client data to have the ability to facilitate re-bookings.