The first Loganair flights between London and Aberdeen have officially taken to the skies, as the airline’s direct services from London Southend Airport celebrated their inaugural departure.
The move comes after the carrier was selected as the new operator for the public service obligation for the route following the collapse of bmi Regional.
Derry City mayor, John Boyle, said: “Securing a replacement operator for this important route within such a short period of time is testament to the commitment of council, the airport and the department for transport to ensure there is air connectivity between Derry and London.”
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair managing director, said: “It’s always really sad to see an airline go out of business, and our thoughts are with all those affected – particularly staff members. We are evaluating flybmi’s wider network and assessing routes which align with Loganair’s distinct geographical area and overall strategic plans.”