New Loganair and Blue Islands partnership to improve connections between UK regions and islands

Jul 13, 2020

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On Saturday, two of the U.K.’s regional airlines, Loganair and Blue Islands, announced a partnership that promises to improve air connectivity between the regions and islands of the U.K.

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Domestic air travel within the U.K. can be expensive and inefficient. However, passengers will now be able to book single tickets for travel even when connecting between airlines, meaning that baggage can be checked through to the final destination. Booking one ticket instead of two also saves on paying twice the Air Passenger Duty, which should mean fares are likely to be lower.

The new partnership will focus on strengthening connections between Scotland, the North East and the Isle of Man to the South Coast and the Channel Islands by increasing the frequency of flights through two dedicated hubs at Manchester (MAN) and Southampton (SOU).

Jonathan Hinkles, CEO of Loganair, commented on the partnership: “We’re delighted to be working with Blue Islands to offer this new range of connections for customers throughout the U.K. Providing dependable air services to communities throughout the U.K., the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man is a core part of the ‘DNA’ of both airlines, and by joining up our networks, we can help many more customers reach their destination.”

From 31 August, Blue Islands will be launching several new routes:

  • Southampton (SOU) to Dublin (DUB)
  • Southampton (SOU) to Manchester (MAN)
  • Jersey (JER) to Exeter (EXT)
  • Jersey (JER) to Birmingham (BHX)
  • Manchester (MAN) to Jersey (JER)
  • Manchester (MAN) to Exeter (EXT)

Following the collapse of FlyBe in March, Loganair was one of the airlines that stepped in to take over the bulk of the defunct carrier’s routes, becoming the largest regional carrier in the country. Loganair currently has 43 aircraft in its fleet, while the Channel Islands-based carrier, Blue Islands, comprises four ATR 72-500s and one ATR 42-320.

Featured image by Blue Islands/Loganair

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