Flights from Teesside to Bristol and the City of Derry to Liverpool will commence in May of this year
The UK’s largest regional airline, Loganair has announced two new routes in a bid to boost connectivity within the region.
The first new link to launch will be between Teesside International and Bristol, helping to connect the North East and South West of England. This will be the airline’s seventh connection to be implemented at Teesside.
Following Ryanair’s recent decision to step back from the City of Derry Airport to Liverpool route, the Scottish carrier has decided to re-commence these operations.
Both of the new services are set to start in May.
After a two-year absence, Loganair restarted operations from Teesside on February 1 of this year. Its key route to Aberdeen is already well established and it has since added London Heathrow services, with plans to commence routes from the airport to Belfast City, Dublin, Jersey and Newquay over the next few weeks.
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor believes the new connection is “great news for businesses across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool”.
“This announcement is just the latest in a long line of good news as we increase routes and make the airport one that the people of Teesside can be proud of once again,” he added.
Tim Bowles, West of England mayor, commented: “Creating better links with other parts of the UK will help strengthen our economy as we emerge from the pandemic and create more decent jobs for people here in the West of England. I’m pleased to see Bristol Airport continuing to expand its offer so that even more people see the opportunities for investment in our region.”
Services between the City of Derry and Liverpool will commence on May 24, initially running on a Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The flights from Derry will be operated by Loganair’s pilots, cabin crew and engineers who are already based at the airport. The carrier was the very first operator when the airport opened back in 1980.
“This route is an important link between our two cities and their regions beyond, having already proved popular by travellers flying in both directions,” said Paul Winfield, director of aviation development at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. “As we plan ahead for a return to normality after the difficulties of the past year, domestic air travel is likely to recover sooner and this route will help travellers to once again be able to enjoy all that’s on offer from our two great regions.”
From late June, the airline is set to increase the number of flights between Derry and Glasgow. Services will expand from four days per week to daily.