Loganair to close Norwich base, cancel 2 routes
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The Scottish airline Loganair has announced plans to close its base in Norwich due to insufficient interest in its Norwich (NWI) to Manchester (MAN) route. Flights between Norwich and Manchester will stop on 5 January 2020, and with the closure of the Norwich base, 44 jobs will be affected.
However, the airline will continue the operation of flights from Norwich to Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI) and Jersey (JER) by using its Scotland-based crews.
Loganair said that the lack of improvement in passenger numbers on the route between Manchester and Norwich following the introduction of Embraer jets on the route earlier this year influenced its decision.
“It is beyond disappointing that we have arrived at this decision, but the financial implications left us with little choice”, said Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director.
The base closure will also mean the cancellation of flights on a new route to Newquay, which was only recently announced and due to start in April 2020. Passengers were sent emails explaining that their flights had been cancelled and advised to request a refund.
There has also been confirmed changes to services to Scotland. The Norwich to Aberdeen route will see an extra flight on Saturdays and Sundays, while the Norwich to Edinburgh route will reduce from three to two daily services. However, a spokesperson for the airline explained that there would only be a 7% reduction in capacity as the route is now operated by a larger Embraer aircraft.
Hinkles said that the airline has no current plans to evaluate the future of other bases.
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