As Edinburgh growth slows...
Loganair steps in to provide flights withdrawn by Flybe
New flights: Jonathan Hinkles
Loganair is taking over Flybe’s routes linking Edinburgh and Glasgow with the East Midlands.
The airline has stepped in at short notice to take on the routes, used by more than 150,000 travellers a year.
The move follows Loganair’s inaugural flight at East Midlands at the beginning of September when services to Brussels and Inverness took off, and its recent announcement of new services to Aberdeen from next year.
One of the airline’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jets will be used on the East Midlands route to provide up to four services each way per weekday. This doubles the number of flights.
Loganair’s Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: “As well as safeguarding essential connectivity for business and leisure travellers, we’ll bring improved schedules to the Edinburgh route straight away and to the Glasgow route just as soon as we can.”
Edinburgh Airport traffic slows
Passenger growth through Edinburgh airport showed further signs of slowing after 1,480,651 passengers were handled last month.
Although it was the airport’s busiest August on record, growth is only up 0.5% on the same month last year when passenger growth was up by 4.9%. It follows a slowdown in July’s growth – up 0.4% but down from 6.3% in July 2018.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive, said: “We know Air Departure Tax won’t be delivered in its promised form and that will have an impact on growth at the airport as well as on the economy in general but we need to find alternate options to improve connectivity and support our exports and tourism sector.
“We believe Scotland’s aviation industry has the innovation and leadership to shape a sustainable future our tourism sector but leadership only works when it persuades others around the world to follow.
“We’re engaging with the Scottish Government to form a plan which will attract new airlines and passengers as well as play a positive role in addressing the climate challenge.”