Glasgow-based carrier Loganair has won a new contract with British Airways (BA) to operate its flights between the Isle of Man and London City Airport from 1 September.
The agreement was signed as BA’s contract with Eastern Airways – who previously operated the three times a day route – came to an end. BA is leasing a Saab 2000 aircraft from Loganair who will be its partner on the route.
The agreement with BA is a boost for Loganair after it reported a £9 million loss in June due to costs associated after a franchise agreement with Uk regional carrier Flybe came to an end.
BA’s general manager commercial and customer, Luke Hayhoe said: “The new lease agreement will ensure customers in the Isle of Man have a punctual and reliable service to London City Airport on three daily services, with onward connections to 31 destinations operated by British Airways direct from the Docklands airport.”
Loganair managing director, Jonathan Hinkles said: “We’re very much looking forward to expanding our partnership with British Airways through this new arrangement to operate the Isle of Man’s flagship service to London City.
“I’m also pleased that Loganair will continue to support important jobs in the community through the local employment of pilots and cabin crew in the Isle of Man to fly the route.”
Loganair operates around 1,000 services each week using a fleet of 30 aircraft, and carries nearly 700,000 passengers a year.