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Loganair confirms delayed launch of Dundee to London City and Belfast routes

Loganair has confirmed it will launch its new Dundee to London City service next month and to Belfast in September.

 

The airline had been due to switch from Stansted to City for its Dundee service on March 29 and launch the Belfast route in April but those plans were scuppered by coronavirus.

Now Dundee to London City will start on July 6 and Belfast City George Best Airport in September. Seats are now on sale for both routes.

 

The London City service will fly six times a week, increasing to twice daily in August. Two flights per week will run between Dundee and Belfast City. Both routes will use a 48-seat ATR42 turboprop aircraft.

 

Glasgow-based Loganair has resumed services under its Safe Steps to Healthy Flying protocols which have been mirrored by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

 

Loganair chief commercial officer Kay Ryan said: “There are real benefits for our customers in this move to fly directly into the UK’s capital, not least being the reduced travel time to the heart of the city, and we will be delighted to get this route up and running.

 

"London City Airport is only 10 minutes from Canary Wharf and 30 minutes from Central London, making it ideal for both business and leisure travellers. It’s a substantial time saving on the Stansted Express journey.”

 

On the Belfast route, she said: “We are pleased to bring back a Dundee to Belfast service, for which we’re sure there will be strong demand as lockdown eases. Many hundreds of Northern Ireland students traditionally attend Dundee University and there are strong golf ties with famous Open Championship courses at each end of the route at St Andrews and Royal Portrush."

 

Alan Ross, Dundee City Council City Development Committee Convener, said: “This move signals not only confidence in the resumption of aviation services in the country as a whole, but specifically an endorsement of Dundee as a key part of the company’s plans coming out of lockdown.

 

“Travellers will be able to get from the heart of the UK’s capital for business or pleasure to Dundee in a straightforward, hassle-free way and from September will be able to enjoy a similar opportunity flying from another up and coming tourist destination in Belfast."

 

Loganair has provided essential services throughout the lockdown on lifeline routes to the Scottish islands during April and May.

 

Ryan added: “With many businesses turning their thoughts to re-starting work after the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK’s regional air connectivity will be more important than ever.

 

“For the sake of the recovery of the UK economy, we must enable key workers across the oil & gas, construction, service and healthcare sectors to travel swiftly, comfortably and safely throughout the country."