Loganair launches flights from Ulster's City of Derry Airport to Stansted
Loganair launched flights between Derry in Northern Ireland and Stansted Airport on Wednesday (Feb 27).
The route started after the carrier was selected as the operator for the public service obligation (PSO) contract between Ulster's north-west and London.
The first passengers set off at 7.05am, after a short ceremony at the Irish airport soundtracked by a traditional piper and attended by Cllr John Boyle, mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Loganair’s managing director, Jonathan Hinkles.
A return service from Stansted arrived in Derry at 10.35am. Both trips were operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 aircraft.
Loganair is providing two services each weekday and on Sundays alongside a single Saturday flight as part of a Derry City and Strabane District Council PSO contract.
It is the airline’s second route from City of Derry Airport, adding to its Glasgow service, which launched last October. The carrier also recently announced a daily schedule to Manchester, again on board an Embraer 145.
Loganair provides another PSO from Stansted, connecting with Dundee on Scotland's east coast.
Mark Souter, Stansted’s head of aviation development, said: “The service provides quick and convenient access to the vibrant and fast-growing London-Stansted-Cambridge economic corridor as well as connections to a network of 200 destinations, including daily flights with Emirates to its Dubai hub.
“The route is a vital gateway enabling passengers and businesses in this part of Northern Ireland to take full advantage of the opportunities Stansted provides, as well as boosting trade and tourism in this fantastic region, with many business and leisure passengers visiting the city and enjoying the beautiful scenery of north-west Northern Ireland.”
Tickets can be booked online at www.loganair.co.uk