DERRY City and Strabane District Council has confirmed it has agreed to appoint Loganair to operate the London Stansted route from City of Derry Airport.
The announcement comes less than a week since Flybmi went into administration and announced they were no longer able to operate the service. This development prompted Strabane independent councillor, Paul Gallagher to suggest the facility had too long been a burden on rate-payers and he requested an energy meeting at council to discuss the “exit strategy.”
However welcoming the Loganair announcement, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr John Boyle praised the efforts of officers from council, the City of Derry Airport and the Department for Transport for their work and commitment throughout the week to secure a replacement airline.
He said news that Loganair are to take over the route is a very positive outcome for the airport.
“Securing a replacement operator for this important route within such a short period of time is testament to the commitment of council, the airport and the Department for Transport to ensure there is air connectivity between Derry and London. This was a very complex process that has now been successfully completed and we are very pleased to be in a position to appoint Loganair to operate this significantly important route,” he said.
As part of the contract, Loganair will operate a twice-daily service from Wednesday 27 February using a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft. The agreed flight schedule is very similar to the one offered by the previous provider in that it enables commuters from the region to avail of a day return from London and will include two services each weekday and on a Sunday alongside a single Saturday flight.
The Scottish airline already provides a service between Derry and Glasgow five days per week and has a long history of service at City of Derry Airport, its first commercial flight was in April 1979.
Posted: 3:31 pm February 22, 2019