LONDON – Loganair has today announced the first-ever connection between London City and Orkney in a major push to its Summer 2023 season.
This service will commence on April 4 next year, with two weekly flights operating on Tuesdays and Fridays. The service will stop over in Dundee on the way.
Orkney does seem to be a focal point for the carrier as they will also be restoring schedules to pre-pandemic levels between Edinburgh and the Scottish island.
Around three flights per day will operate between the Scottish destination and the island, with an equipment upgrade from their 34-seater Saab 340s to the 48-seater ATR-42 aircraft.
The airline has also said that its weekly international service between Orkney and Bergen will recommence on May 13 next year until August 26, with a stopover in Sumburgh on the way.
Commenting on the London City route was Liam McKay, the Director of Corporate Affairs at London City Airport:
“Scotland has always been a core market for London City. Thanks to a new Loganair service to Orkney, our customers can explore further, more easily, and from the heart of London.”
“The island is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression, and I’m sure this service will be hugely welcomed by passengers at both ends of the route.”
Commenting on the rest of the scheduling choices was Luke Lovegrove, the Chief Commercial Officer at Loganair:
“We are thrilled to enhance connectivity within our summer 2023 schedule.”
“The new service to London City, as well as the increase in service to Edinburgh, the reinstated route to Fair Isle, and the international connection to Bergen, not only bolsters connectivity for the local community but additionally encourages tourists from across the UK and beyond to visit the wonders of Orkney.
Commenting on the Orkney links was Kimberley Fisher, the Manager for Kirkwall Airport:
“Loganair’s new flights will offer the community more choice when it comes to travel and will also provide additional options for those wishing to visit Orkney, which in turn could provide a boost to the local economy.”
“The connection with Edinburgh being restored to pre-pandemic levels and the return of flights to Fair Isle and Bergen, plus the addition of the London service, are great indications that the aviation industry is emerging from the pandemic and reacting positively to pent-up demand.”
It remains clear that Loganair’s growth continues to explode, especially with the airline thinking about the Summer 2023 schedule as well.
For Orkney, having a link to London City is major news as it will connect the Scottish isles further with the capital of the United Kingdom.
It is also good news for that area that Loganair is using Orkney as a focal point for future services, which will no doubt stimulate local economic growth and further connectivity down the line.
Either way, all eyes are now on Loganair to see how much further they want to take their growth strategy and whether this will make the carrier more attractive to buyers during their sale process.