The UK’s largest regional carrier Loganair and London Heathrow airport have celebrated the launch of the airline’s new routes from Heathrow T2, serving regions across the United Kingdom.
Loganair Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles joined Joanna Taso, Aviation Director for Heathrow for a special gate party on Thursday 11 May, before the 9.45am Heathrow to Shetland via Dundee service took flight.
A week of firsts for Loganair
The regional airline has celebrated a history-making week of “firsts” as the airline toasts the launch of its new Heathrow routes.
Originally announced in April, Loganair will now be offering connections to London Heathrow from Derry, Dundee, Orkney and Shetland in addition to its existing Isle of Man services.
Derry flights switched from London Stansted on Saturday 6 May, while flights to Dundee left from Heathrow (previously London City) for the first time in 40 years on Tuesday.
The changes have brought the first-ever link between City of Derry Airport and Heathrow, connected Sumburgh and Heathrow for the first time and restored an air link from Heathrow to Dundee last offered a generation ago.
Loganair’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Hinkles and Heathrow’s Aviation Director, Joanna Taso attended the special gate party at Terminal 2 yesterday, Thursday 11 May, as the airline welcomed passengers onboard its 9.45am inaugural flight to Shetland.
Loganair Chief Executive, Jonathan Hinkles said: “These routes really take Loganair’s provision of regional connectivity to new heights and underline our credentials as the UK’s largest regional airline.”
“We’re very grateful to the UK Government and BA for their support in securing these slots for domestic connectivity and it was great to see so many happy passengers boarding the new services today.
“Maintaining and improving regional connectivity is one of the main levers of a powerful economy and with these new routes we’re offering business connections into the heart of London from some of the most remote communities in the UK.”
“Likewise, we’ve opened the door to enhanced tourism for places like Derry, Dundee, Shetland and Orkney, while also giving all our passengers access to the incredible onward connections on offer at Heathrow. It truly is a game changer for regional commercial aviation.”
Joanna Taso, Aviation Director for Heathrow said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the inaugural Heathrow to Sumburgh via Dundee departure.”
“Loganair’s new domestic routes to Dundee and the City of Derry will open up lifeline connectivity and global business opportunities via Heathrow, the UK’s gateway to the world.”
“Their expanded operations are supported by our domestic passenger discount and demonstrate Heathrow’s longstanding commitment to regional connectivity.”
Loganair is a regional airline based in Scotland. It was established in 1962 and is one of the oldest airlines in the United Kingdom. Loganair operates scheduled domestic and international flights, primarily serving destinations in Scotland, the Scottish Islands, and regional airports in England.
The airline has its main hub at Glasgow Airport, with additional bases at Edinburgh Airport, Aberdeen Airport, and Inverness Airport. Loganair currently operates a fleet of 36 regional commuter aircraft.
According to Planespotters data, the current operational fleet consists of: ATR 42/72 x15; DHC-6 Twin Otter x3; Embraer ERJ-145 x13, and Saab 340 x5.
Loganair has a rich history of serving remote and rural communities in Scotland, often operating lifeline services to islands and remote locations where other airlines may not provide regular flights.
The airline has played a crucial role in connecting these areas to larger cities and providing essential air transportation services to the local population.
In addition to its domestic routes, Loganair also operates some international flights to destinations in Ireland, Norway, and the Netherlands.
The airline has codeshare agreements with several major airlines, including British Airways, KLM, Emirates, and Qatar Airways, allowing passengers to access a wider network of destinations.
Over the years, Loganair has received recognition for its service quality and customer satisfaction. It has won various awards, including the “Airline of the Year” award at the Scottish Transport Awards.