Scottish regional airline Loganair will start scheduled Embraer E145 services from East Midlands Airport (EMA) introducing two new routes to Brussels and Inverness this autumn.
On Monday 2 September , the airline will begin an early morning and afternoon rotation to Brussels between Monday and Thursday as well as afternoon services on Friday and Sunday. It will also provide six flights a week between EMA and Inverness, in Scotland.
Previously operated by flybmi, services between Brussels and East Midlands ceased on 16 February.
Loganair managing director (MD), Jonathan Hinkles said: “I am extremely pleased to announce the expansion of our route map while also beginning passenger services from East Midlands Airport.
“Both of these convenient airlinks will benefit the East Midlands region, connecting with Belgium’s largest city – home to thousands of multinational businesses while Scotland’s highlands are now just over 90 minutes away.”
Loganair currently operates freight services from EMA but this move marks the first time it has provided passengers flights from the region.
EMA MA, Karen Smart said: “We’re delighted to welcome a new airline to EMA. This is fantastic news for passengers who will have new routes to choose from.
“This is also important for the region as it enhances the connectivity between the East Midlands, mainland Europe and Scotland. Whether its business or leisure, Brussels is a key destination and is ideally situated for ongoing global travel throughout Europe and globally by air from Brussels airport.”
Brussels Airport director of aviation development, Léon Verhallen said: “We are delighted that Loganair will restore flights to East Midlands with up to two daily flights, including a convenient connection from and to Inverness, a city without direct services to Brussels.
“It will offer convenient connections to cities such as Leicester, Derby and Nottingham for business travel and attractive city trips. Loganair is establishing itself as a key regional airline at Brussels Airport with a growing number of flights to the UK.”