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Loganair has resumed passenger flights at Newcastle Airport, re-establishing non-stop jet services to Aberdeen as the first step to restoring full services at the North East’s premier airport after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first flight took off at 18:10 from Newcastle to Aberdeen on the evening of 01 June 2020. Flights to Southampton will commence from 15 June and those to Exeter from 20 July. The Newcastle to Stavanger service is now expected to re-start in early August, with the exact date to be confirmed once the duration of incoming passenger quarantine and border restrictions is clarified.
The Aberdeen route is a daily service during June and increases to a double daily from 6 July, Southampton will operate a daily service from 15 June, increasing to a double daily from 6 July, and Exeter flights will fly five times each week.
The Glasgow-based airline – which employs a team of 20 pilots and cabin crew based at Newcastle to fly its services there - has continued to fly more services than any other UK passenger airline during the crisis, providing essential services throughout on its key lifeline routes to the Scottish islands during April and May.
All flights will be operated under the “Safe Steps to Healthy Flying” protocols which Loganair announced on 14 May – becoming the first UK airline to set out detailed plans on how customer safety will be attained and maintained whilst Covid-19 is present. Loganair’s initiatives mirror those later announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “With many businesses turning their thoughts to re-starting work after the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s regional air connectivity will be more important than ever.”
“For the sake of the recovery of the UK economy, we must enable key workers across the oil & gas, construction, service and healthcare sectors to travel swiftly, comfortably and safely throughout the country.”
“As well as providing travel guidance on which basis businesses can plan, we believe today’s announcement will also lend confidence to people looking forward to visiting families and friends once social restrictions permit.”
Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development, said: “It is vital for the region’s economy that the North East remains connected and we are very pleased to see Loganair resume flights to Aberdeen and Southampton from Newcastle.
“Loganair has rolled out a number of new safety measures on board their aircraft and we have been working hard to ensure the terminal is a safe environment too. Our recently announced ‘Ten Point Plan’ ensures the Airport is a safe for our passengers and staff, and includes measures such as social distancing, mandatory face masks and enhanced cleaning regimes.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming passengers for their flights.”
Loganair’s advice to customers regarding travel safety during the current COVID-19 crisis is already available on its website, and customers are urged to check for regular updates.