Loganair’s turboprop services from East Midlands Airport to Inverness and Brussels started on Tuesday (2 September), as the airline is welcomed as the newest operator from the region’s airport.
The UK’s longest operating airline is recommencing the route after it was lost some months ago when flybmi ceased operations earlier this year.
Both the East Midlands and Brussels have close ties in the manufacturing sector, including Toyota Europe HQ being based in Brussels and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK based in Derby, which employs over 3000 members in the Midlands.
In response to the calls from the business community, Loganair and East Midlands Airport have stepped in to secure the routes future, with the backing of the business community.
The schedules provide early morning and afternoon flights to Brussels between Monday and Thursday as well as afternoon services on Friday and Sunday, allowing convenient day-return options for business and well-timed weekend flights for those looking to explore the grand European City that is also home to famous beer, waffles and chocolate.
Another new route took to the skies in the afternoon, to Scotland’s Highland Capital -Inverness. There are also strong business links between the two regions – with Inverness currently ranked as Scotland’s fastest growing city.
Loganair managing director, Jonathan Hinkles said: “East Midlands marks our fourth base in England and we are delighted to be able to restore the much-needed route between East Midlands Airport and Brussels for the benefit of local businesses and to support growth in the region.”