On the Isle of Man-Birmingham rotation with Loganair this week, the carrier celebrated the handling of its 30,000th passenger on the route with partner Emirates.
It is understood the 30,000th passenger was Sidney Cunningham, who was gifted a free return flight courtesy of the airline.
The reason for the Emirates’ involvement is due to Cunningham connecting onwards from Birmingham to Dubai through the interlining arrangements between the two sides.
Commenting on this milestone was Sidney Cunningham himself, who said:
“I always enjoy flying with Loganair and Emirates, and this has been quite a surprise.”
“I am a frequent traveler and have visited everywhere from Bangkok to Glasgow, and the Loganair partnership with Emirates is vital for connecting communities like the Isle of Man to the rest of the world.”
Also commenting was Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, Luke Lovegrove:
“We are proud to connect communities both across the UK and internationally with a wide range of regional routes and partnerships with airlines, such as Emirates.”
“We hope that Sidney enjoys his trip to Dubai, and we offer our congratulations on being our 30,000th passenger flying from Isle of Man to Birmingham.”
Also commenting was Richard Jewsbury, Divisional VP of UK operations at Emirates:
“Our regional hubs across the UK offer passengers a gateway to the world. Birmingham is a key hub for Emirates, providing better connectivity to leisure travelers, businesses, and communities in the region.”
“In July, we’ll also be celebrating the return of Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft, offering customers even more travel choices this summer.”
“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Cunningham on his upcoming flight with us and to continue connecting passengers to more than 140 destinations via our home and hub, Dubai.”
The Emirates Connection from Birmingham…
The Emirates connection with Loganair from Birmingham will become prevalent heading further into the Summer 2023 season.
This is because, from July 1, the carrier will be upgrading the rotation from Dubai with an Airbus A380.
Such an upgrade will allow additional capacity to be booked through the Loganair interlining agreement.
The Isle of Man-Birmingham route is quite a competitive market, but this interlining agreement offers a USP to locals on the island as well as beyond for potentially better connections than from the likes of London Heathrow, Manchester, etc.
The competitiveness of this route will be one to look out for moving forward.
It remains clear that the Isle of Man-Birmingham route is becoming quite the lucrative one for Loganair.
Enhanced interlining connections with one of the airline industry’s major players will encourage further catchment into the Loganair network moving forward.
All eyes will be on the UK regional carrier to see how they will perform during the Summer 2023 season and whether a significant uplift in passenger numbers will be observed through this agreement.
For now, all eyes are on both the UK regional carrier and also with Emirates ahead of the equipment upgrade from Birmingham on July 1.