Loganair is adding Germany to its destination map for the first time as it will start daily Glasgow Airport flights from 31 March to Düsseldorf Airport using its newly-acquired Embraer 145 Regional Jet aircraft.
The Scottish carrier is stepping in to protect the route, which supports important cultural and business links between the west of Scotland and the North Rhine – Westphalia region of Germany. Current operator Eurowings has elected to discontinue its service, which will end on the previous day.
With incoming visitors from Germany proving increasingly important to the west of Scotland, Loganair’s decision to secure the route’s future ahead of the busy Easter and summer visitor seasons has been warmly welcomed by the tourism industry.
Business and trading links between the regions – across a wide range of sectors including aerospace, food & drink, telecoms and the energy industry – will similarly be safeguarded by Loganair’s move.
The airline has been able to secure access to Germany’s third largest airport for its new service despite stiff competition from intercontinental airlines for scarce runway slots there.
Loganair’s managing director, Jonathan Hinkles said: “Our new Dusseldorf route is Loganair’s first foray into Germany, heralding another significant milestone for the airline as our reach extends into continental Europe. We’re now able to carry passengers further and faster since adding Embraer 145 jets into the fleet, an important development for international travel.
“The coming months are set to be an exciting period for Loganair, as we continue to provide excellent service to customers in our Scottish heartlands while setting our sights into Europe.”
Glasgow Airport head of aviation, Paul White said: “Loganair’s decision to introduce its first route to Germany is a landmark moment for the airline and welcome news for Glasgow Airport.
“Dusseldorf continues to be a popular destination and this new service from Scotland’s airline will provide our passengers with even greater choice.
“The introduction of the daily service to this fantastic city will also further strengthen our strong links with Germany, which currently includes routes to Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich.”