CITY FAVOURITES LORRAINE AND DENNIS DISCOVER NEW DUNDEE TO LONDON STANSTED SERVICE
– TV personality Lorraine Kelly and the Beano’s Dennis the Menace join passengers on the first Loganair-operated flight between Dundee and London Stansted Airport –
Flybe franchise partner Loganair got the new Dundee to London Stansted service off to a flying start today (Sunday, March 30) with the help of two well-known faces from the City of Discovery.
TV star and national treasure Lorraine Kelly, who lives in Broughty Ferry, and Beano favourite Dennis the Menace, an iconic export of the city, joined Loganair’s Chief Operating Officer Phil Preston and other passengers on the inaugural flight bound for the English capital.
Announced in January of this year, the new service between Dundee Airport and London Stansted will now operate twice daily on weekdays with one return journey every Sunday.
The new route has been introduced as a replacement for Dundee Airport’s previous London City service and flight times have been designed to appeal to the business and leisure markets of both destinations.
Speaking at the launch of the first flight, Mr Preston said: “We are extremely honoured to have helped establish this service today between Dundee Airport and London Stansted, and I’m happy to be joined by both Lorraine and Dennis for the inaugural flight.
“The relationship between Loganair and Dundee has endured for more than 50 years and still continues today through both our aviation engineering base at the airport and the launch of this new route.
“The commencement of the service is another milestone for Loganair as it will be the first time the airline has operated to and from London Stansted – one of the UK’s busiest international transport hubs.
“The Stansted service continues to provide passengers from Dundee and the greater region with a convenient, direct route to one of the world’s most desirable cities and access to vital business and tourism links.
“Equally, the route can help showcase the best Dundee has to offer to potential visitors from the south east of England. Make no mistake, Dundee is a city on the up and we hope this new service will encourage many visitors to discover this for themselves.”
The service, which will be operated using one of Loganair’s 31-seat Dornier 328 Turboprop aircraft, will fly between Dundee and London Stansted as follows:
Departs Dundee 7am and 4.25pm Departs Stansted 9am and 6.25pm
Departs Dundee 4.25pm Departs Stansted 6.25pm
Loganair will operate the service on an interim basis whilst the Public Service Obligation (PSO) process is completed.
Derrick Lang, Manager of Dundee Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of Loganair’s scheduled services from Dundee Airport. Loganair has a long and proud association with Dundee and we wish the airline every success with the launch of their new service to Stansted.
“This is an important new route for Dundee and offers an affordable and convenient service to one of the UK’s biggest and best connected airports. With 140 destinations worldwide, the new Stansted link will ensure that leisure travellers are now better connected.
“The new route also offers easy access to the heart of London’s financial centre and will enable business travellers from Dundee to reach London in time for the working day.
“With competitively priced fares and convenient departure times, we hope this new service will prove popular with business and leisure passengers.”
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The launch of this interim service between Dundee and London is an important stepping stone for the future of Dundee Airport.
“As we move towards establishing a full Public Service Obligation on the route, it safeguards this crucial link in the short term and guarantees continuity of service for travellers.
“We could do even more to attract carriers to Dundee Airport by cutting Air Passenger Duty, something Scotland doesn’t currently have the power to do but which has widespread support in the aviation industry.
“Transport Scotland is committed to helping maximise the potential of Dundee Airport and will continue to work hard in partnership with Dundee City Council and HIAL to achieve this.”
Councillor Ken Guild, the leader of Dundee City Council, said: “I am delighted to see this service start between Dundee and Stansted.
“The council has been working closely with its partners in Transport Scotland, Highland and Islands Airports and Loganair to help ensure this continuity of service between Dundee and London.
“We are obviously keen to find a longer term service to connect Dundee and London, and the council is in the process of attracting an operator under a Public Service Obligation.
“The council and its partners want to do all they can to make sure that there is a seamless continuation of service to London.
“Air links to Dundee have played an important role in the long-term regeneration of Dundee and we want to see even more people using services from Dundee Airport.”
Lorraine Kelly said: “The London Stansted service is great news for Dundee. Business people will probably use the service the most, but I’m sure there will be plenty of long weekends planned in the next few months by Dundonians keen to experience all that London has to offer.
“And let’s not forget the City of Discovery has plenty to offer visitors from the south east of England too, not least the stunning new waterfront-based V&A museum set to open next year.”
To celebrate the launch of the first flight, passengers were given complimentary Stansted Express First Class return train tickets. Stansted Express operate the airport express rail service, the fastest route between the airport and central London.
The railway station is just two minutes walk from arrivals and services run every 15 minutes, taking 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street and 36 mins to Tottenham Hale to connect with the London Underground to the West End.
Loganair also arranged for a large Dundee Cake to be transported on the inaugural flight and distributed to passengers waiting to board flights at Stansted.
Loganair also commenced operations on an improved business schedule between Edinburgh and Norwich today after taking over the route from franchise partner Flybe.
Loganair will increase flight frequency to a double daily weekday service while adding a Sunday rotation. This will increase further to a third daily weekday rotation after the Easter holidays and a second Sunday service during the peak summer season.
Ticket prices on the Dundee service cost from £74.99 including taxes and passengers are entitled to a free 20kg baggage allowance. For more information about the service or to make a reservation please visit www.flybe.com, or call 0871 700 2000.