Airline says it will pick up 16 cancelled Flybe routes from Monday

Scottish airline Loganair has announced plans to take up 16 routes formerly flown by Flybe, covering nearly 400 flights each week.

The routes, from Loganair base airports at Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Newcastle, will be launched in the next four months, starting from Monday.

The airline has also opened a recruitment line for former Flybe employees.

"The airline will be adding nearly 400 new flights each week and has opened a special recruitment line for former Flybe employees seeking to continuing their aviation careers with Loganair," a statement said.

Glasgow-based Loganair will also operate from Exeter to Southampton.

The routes will be launched between 16 March and 6 July, and operate between once a week and daily.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: "The collapse of a long-standing airline like Flybe marks a desperately sad day, especially for the airline’s dedicated team of employees and for customers facing disruption to their journeys.


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"By stepping in quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying, and to offer new employment to former Flybe staff members who are facing an uncertain future today.

"The plan represents the outcome of several weeks of behind-the-scenes contingency planning work, during which we’ve evaluated many routes and aircraft.

"It’s critical to the continued success of our own airline that we refrain from over-expansion, and that our growth can be delivered within our operational and financial means.

"I am confident the plans being announced today are robust and sustainable, enabling former Flybe customers to benefit from Loganair’s high standards of customer service and on-time performance on a range of new routes, with a strong emphasis on those to and from our Scottish heartlands."

Flybe, which employed around 2,000 employees, went into administration on Wednesday night with all flights cancelled.

The advice to passengers who were scheduled to travel with Flybe is not to travel to the airport and to visit the Civil Aviation Authority’s website for further advice at www.caa.co.uk/news.

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