Loganair to launch new London Southend service from Aberdeen

Aberdeen Airport has announced a new service by Loganair to London Southend.

The new route is part of Loganair’s plan to introduce three major new routes – Glasgow, Stornoway and Aberdeen – between Scotland and London Southend Airport.

As per the plan, Aberdeen will have three non-stop flights to London Southend each way every weekday from May 12, together with Sunday services. The travel times are 1 hour and 35 minutes from Aberdeen – followed by a 53-minute train service directly into central London’s Liverpool Street station. The services will all be operated by Loganair’s Embraer 145 regional jet aircraft,

Loganair’s Managing Director, Jonathan Hinkles, said, ‘We’re incredibly excited to be offering the first new air links between London and northern Scotland in many years. These new fast and frequent flights to London’s favourite airport, together with our inclusive checked baggage allowance and on-board service, make this a hugely significant development for both Scotland-London air links and Loganair.’

‘Southend is a very convenient and well-positioned gateway to the capital. It has been voted the UK’s Best Airport three times, perfectly complementing Loganair’s recently earned European Airline of the Year accolade.

Steve Szalay, Aberdeen International Airport Managing Director said: ‘Regional connectivity to London is essential to Aberdeen for both business and leisure purposes and London Southend offers a new alternative for our passengers.

‘The beauty of the new London Southend service lies in the ease of access to central London. With train services to Liverpool Street taking less than an hour, passengers can reach the heart of London in quick time and get their trip off to the best possible start.

‘Southend itself offers seaside fun with its historic pier, great views of the Estuary and seven miles of beaches and makes for the perfect staycation destination.

‘We warmly welcome the London Southend service operated by Loganair and look forward to seeing our passengers take advantage of improved London connectivity.’

Loganair will reportedly be the only airline flying to London whose fares all include a 20kg checked baggage allowance. Fares will start from £49.99 from Aberdeen to London Southend. Tickets are on sale at www.loganair.co.uk and via major travel agency systems including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport under Loganair’s LM flight code.

KLM increases flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam Schiphol

Aberdeen International Airport has said that KLM will operate an additional daily flight to Amsterdam Schiphol, starting May.

The extra frequency will increase the number of flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam to five a day. The service will be effective during the months of May, June, September and October.

With the additional service, nearly 20,000 more seats are on sale, increasing capacity by around 10 percent on the route. The additional flight will be operated by an Embraer 190, carrying 100 passengers.

Aberdeen International Airport’s Managing Director, Steve Szalay, said: ‘We warmly welcome KLM’s decision to expand its presence here at the airport. With more than an additional 20,000 seats available for passengers to purchase, this is a real shot in the arm for us as we enter an exciting period, as our Terminal Transformation project is on course for completion in the autumn.

‘Amsterdam is a key destination for us for both business and leisure purposes, and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on to the additional flight later this year.’

General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, Benedicte Duval, said: ‘We are delighted to announce a capacity increase of 20,000 seats for summer 2019, taking our KLM operation to five daily flights between Aberdeen and Amsterdam during a key travel period. The extra frequency will not only allow more local people take advantage of KLM’s worldwide network through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, it will also provide more choice and convenience for inbound travel to Europe’s energy capital, boosting local business.’

Tickets are now on sale for the new flight which will operate on weekdays between May 6 and July 5 and between September 2 and October 25. KLM offers Aberdeen-based passengers connections to 165 destinations worldwide via its hub at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

VLM Airlines launches new Antwerp service from Aberdeen

Belgium airline VLM Airlines has recently launched direct flights from Aberdeen to its hub airport, Antwerp.

Located in the northern region of Belgium, Antwerp is the capital city of Flanders region. In addition to this direct service on a Monday, there will be flights on Wednesdays and Fridays making a 30 minute stopover in Birmingham. Flights can be booked at www.flyvlm.com/en.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director at Aberdeen Airport, said ‘The brand new route to Antwerp with VLM airlines is a fantastic addition to our current scheduled services. Antwerp is ideally located within the Flanders region, 30 minutes from Brussels and with easy access to the surrounding important industries which are mutually beneficial for our two regions. Antwerp itself is a hidden gem, it has a reputation as the centre of the diamond trade but the city also has beautiful architecture and a vibrant nightlife which makes it ideal for a city break. We look forward to working with VLM Airlines and wish them every success with the route.’

Konstantijn Huys, Commerical Director of VLM said: ‘We are very excited to connect Aberdeen with Antwerp, which was picked as one of the Top 10 Best Cities 2018 by Lonely Planet, one of the most renowned travel guides in the world. Antwerp has so much to offer. The attractive architecture ranges from medieval buildings like the impressive town hall and square, to the magnificent central station or MAS, the remarkable town museum, to numerous Art Nouveau gems in between. With its stylish buildings to well-dressed window displays, Belgium’s most important economic centre is definitely a good-looking city’

‘This accolade isn’t new as it was one of the greatest, richest cities in all of Europe in the 1500’s. A century later, the Flemish Baroque painters Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck called Antwerp their home. In more recent years, the artists of note are fashion designers. This city is home to world-renowned shopping and a centuries-old diamond trade. We hope to welcome many Scottish passengers, whether for business purposes or leisure, on our flights.’

After an absence of more than nine years, VLM Airlines began flying on the historic route between Antwerp Airport and London City Airport in October 2017. VLM currently operates scheduled European services from Birmingham and London City.

Loganair to restart services to Durham Tees Valley and Aberdeen from Norwich Airport

Scottish airline Loganair has said that it has restarted flight services between Norwich and Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) for the first time in two decades.

Starting October 15, the regional airline is providing a six-day, direct service from East Anglia to England’s North East. Passengers from Norwich will also be able to travel onward from DTVA to Aberdeen. The same-plane service will operate on six days per week from Sunday to Friday. The new routes mark the beginning of Loganair’s presence in Durham Tees Valley, and add Aberdeen to Loganair’s network of services from Norwich.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s commercial director said: ‘It’s fantastic to commence services on these two routes, acting as an important gateway for the region’s energy sector.

‘Our team has been working hard to build relationships with corporate and agency partners, which are essential to the long-term sustainability of the operation.

‘For anyone looking to venture further north, the daily link to Norwich is by far the fastest way to travel between Aberdeen and the South East of England. Land transportation takes up to five and a half hours or a number of different rail connections so we’d strongly encourage anyone in the business community with links to either destination to opt for aviation next time they are making the trip.’

Customers looking to travel further north can also connect to Loganair’s network across Scotland’s Highland’s and Islands from Aberdeen, or through it’s code-share agreement with the airline’s sister company bmi Regional, which provides routes to the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital Oslo.

The new services will be operated using a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Flights from Norwich will depart at 16:00 from Sunday to Friday, arriving in DTVA at 17:00 and then in Aberdeen at 18:20 hours. Flights will leave Aberdeen at 13:00 from Sunday to Friday and will leave DTVA at 14:20 for the one-hour flight south to Norwich. Lead-in fares from Norwich to DTVA commence at £49.99 and £89.99 between Norwich and Aberdeen, Norwich Airport said.

All Loganair fares include a complimentary 20kg checked baggage allowance and in-flight refreshments.

Loganair to launch Durham Tees Valley service from Norwich, onward to Aberdeen

Scottish regional airline Loganair has announced plans to launch new services from Norwich Airport to Durham Tees Valley Airport for the first time in two decades.

In addition, passengers from Norwich will also be able to make the onward connection from DTVA to Aberdeen. The two routes will commence on October 15.

Loganair will introduce non-stop flights between East Anglia and the North East of England on six-days per week, while also providing up to three weekday direct services between the Granite City and DTVA with one flight on Sunday. With the new service residents of Norfolk will be able to travel from Norwich to Aberdeen on a one-stop-same-plane service via DTVA in around two hours and 20 minutes, five days per week.

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director said: ‘Reinstating an air service between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Norwich after a gap of 20 years is another important milestone in Loganair’s 55-year history and we’re delighted to mark the occasion.’

‘The increased connectivity by Loganair will bring tremendous benefits for those involved in the offshore energy industries in East Anglia, Tees Valley and Aberdeen regions, which are home to many different companies and individuals working in both the traditional oil and gas market as well as the burgeoning renewable energy industry.’

‘Our competitive fares and business-friendly schedule is a much more attractive offering than the current five-and-a-half-hour drive between Norwich and Durham – something businesses will be keen to hear about.’

Richard Pace, Chief Executive of Norwich Airport, said: ‘Loganair’s new service to Durham Tees Valley Airport puts the North East within easy reach and we’re delighted that the service will start in October. It’s further evidence of Norwich Airport’s growing connectivity, offering even more choice for people to travel from their local airport.’

The new services will be operated by a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Flights from Norwich will depart at 16:00 hours from Sunday to Friday, arriving in DTVA at 17:00. Flights will depart from DTVA to Aberdeen at 17:10 hours Sunday to Friday and 20:20 hours, Thursday and Friday for the one-hour sector to Scotland’s NE. Return flights from Aberdeen will leave at 13:00 hours on Sunday to Friday arriving in DTVA one hour later, for the southbound connection to Norwich. Lead-in fares from Norwich to DTVA commence at £49.99 and £89.99 between Norwich and Aberdeen, Norwich said in a release.

In addition, both of the new DTVA routes will benefit from a codeshare with Loganair’s sister company bmi Regional. Passengers travelling north via Aberdeen can access onward links to Orkney, Shetland, the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital, Oslo.

Aberdeen International Airport commences services to Riga and Faro

Aberdeen International Airport has said that it has launched two new destinations ahead of the summer season. As the third and fourth new routes of the year, Aberdeen passengers will now be able to travel direct to Riga and Faro.

Low-cost airline airBaltic recently launched its newest route from Aberdeen International with the first flight to Riga taking off on May 2. The Latvian airline will operate three times a week from Aberdeen offering customers links to the Latvian capital and Baltic States.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International, said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome airBaltic back to Aberdeen today with the launch of our Riga route. The route will provide Aberdeen holidaymakers with easy access to a number of increasingly popular destinations in the Baltic States, such as Tallin, Palanga and Vilnius, which was one of the most requested destinations in a leisure survey we undertook with our local community last year.

‘We are continually working to strengthen our route network and I am delighted to add the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Riga to our ever-expanding list of leisure routes.’

The Riga route is the third to be launched at Aberdeen International this year and joins the current holiday-routes to Malaga and Alicante – services that were launched earlier this year. A few hours after airBaltic’s first Aberdeen to Riga flight departed, Aberdeen International launched its second new route to Faro, another popular holiday-destination in Southern Portugal. With the new Ryanair service to Faro, passengers from Aberdeen International Airport will now be able to travel twice a week to the golfing-hotspots of the Algarve region.

Riga and Faro now join Aberdeen International Airport’s list of holiday and city-break destinations available to passengers in the region. The two new routes have been launched as the airport prepares for the opening of its terminal transformation development, which will see new international and domestic arrivals facilities being open to the public, the airport said.

Ryanair commences new services from Aberdeen, new Bristol-Cologne route for winter

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has commenced its first flight to Malaga from Aberdeen International Airport on February 8, 2017.

The new year-round service to the popular Spanish destination will operate twice-weekly from Aberdeen. Ryanair also said that a second new route to Alicante will commence on February 9, 2017.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘We’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Ryanair to the airport since we announced these fantastic new routes last July and I’m delighted to welcome the airline back to the North-east after a six-year hiatus.

‘These routes are particularly exciting for us, as Alicante and Malaga were the two most requested destinations in a leisure survey we carried out with the local community early last year. It’s brilliant to know that Aberdeen holidaymakers can now easily reach their favourite destinations direct from their local airport, without the inconvenience of long car journeys or multiple flights. Furthermore, with two flights to Alicante and Malaga per week, passengers have the choice of either a quick, three-day getaway or a longer break in the sun.’

In addition to the new routes launching this week, Ryanair is planning to extend its Aberdeen schedule in May by introducing year-round flights to Faro in Portugal’s Algarve region.

Robin Kiely, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, said: ‘We are pleased to return to Aberdeen and launch our new routes to Alicante and Malaga, with Faro set to follow in May, and our low fare routes will deliver 75,000 customers through Aberdeen Airport this year.’

Separately, the Irish airline announced that it will commence a new winter route from Bristol to Cologne, with a four times weekly service, as part of its Bristol winter 2017 schedule.

Ryanair celebrated the new Bristol – Cologne route by releasing seats across its European network for sale at prices starting from EUR9.99. These low fare seats are available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until midnight of February 13, 2017.

Flybe commences new summer route to Newquay from Aberdeen

Flybe, the UK-based low-fares airline, has launched its new weekly summer flights between Aberdeen and Cornwall Airport Newquay on Saturday, May 28, giving travellers direct access to one of the UK’s top summer destinations.

Taking two hours, the new Saturday flight service takes around nine hours less compared to travelling by car. With the shortest train journeys from Aberdeen to Newquay taking over 14 hours, including up to four changes, travellers choosing to fly can save nearly 24 extra hours of holiday time.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, comments: ‘Our new route to Newquay from Aberdeen opens up a whole new part of the country to travellers who may previously have been put off by the long journey times. We have all experienced driving or taking the train at peak holiday times, often an extremely stressful experience, especially for families taking a well-earned break.

‘This convenient new route confirms our customer promise to be the ‘Fastest way from A to Flybe’, faster than road or rail. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board this summer.’

Carol Benzie, Managing Director at Aberdeen Airport, said: ‘Flybe has proven to be a very popular airline in Aberdeen Airport serving UK destinations such as: London City, Manchester, Jersey, Norwich and Birmingham. This expansion of flights to Newquay will be a welcome addition for business or leisure travel and we wish Flybe all the best with this new launch.’

In addition to the new route to Cornwall Newquay Airport, Flybe’s 2016 summer schedule from Aberdeen includes extra flights to Belfast City, Birmingham and Manchester with a total additional choice of up to 13 extra flights a week to these city destinations.

There are also two flights a day to London City, with early morning and late afternoon flight timings for travellers looking for day return options. In addition, Flybe’s Jersey route will also return for peak summer with weekly Saturday flights, the airport had said in November 2015.

One way fares are available at www.flybe.com from £29.99 including taxes and charges.

Wizz Air launches direct flights from Aberdeen to Warsaw

Wizz Air, one of the leading European low-fares airlines, has launched direct flights from Aberdeen International Airport to the Polish capital of Warsaw on May 13, 2016, the airport said in a release.

This is the first time that Aberdeen International Airport is offering a route to Warsaw, Poland’s cultural capital and a hotspot for tourists. Wizz Air will operate the year round, twice weekly service on Monday and Fridays. Seats on the new routes are already on sale and can be booked on wizzair.com.

Lynn Harwood, route development manager at Aberdeen Airport, said: ‘Wizz Air is an ambitious and rapidly growing airline and the addition of Warsaw is fantastic news for the airport and the city. We are continually working to expand our route network and not only will Wizz Air’s new routes strengthen our connectivity with Europe’s major cities, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Aberdeen.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to be celebrating the launch of our Warsaw route from Aberdeen Airport. Aberdeen, one of our nine UK airports, is now connected with two WIZZ destinations in Poland: Gdansk located on the beautiful Baltic sea coast and the Polish capital Warsaw. Our professional crew is looking forward to welcoming many UK passengers with a WIZZ smile on board of our new Airbus fleet and we look forward to a fruitful partnership with Aberdeen Airport.’

Wizz Air first arrived at Aberdeen International Airport last year when it launched a twice weekly service to Gdansk in June – a very popular route today. With the expansion at Aberdeen, the airline now offers a total of 420 routes to 39 countries.

Aberdeen Airport earlier this year announced a total of £20 million investment at the airport, which will result in a 50 percent increase in the size of the terminal building and a complete transformation of current passenger facilities. The first phase of the three year project is scheduled to begin in May, 2016.

The planned investment includes the creation of two new passenger lounges, a new security search area, an expanded baggage reclaim area, new immigration facilities and new retail and catering facilities within the main departures lounge, the airport said earlier.

Eastern Airways introduces new Aberdeen-Norwich Sunday service

Eastern Airways, a provider of flights to the most popular UK & European airports, has announced plans to offer non-stop flights between Norwich International Airport and Aberdeen on Sundays with a more convenient later departure time, Norwich Airport has said.

Starting September 14, 2014, the Sunday service will depart Norwich at 6.15 pm, arriving in Aberdeen at 7.35pm. From Aberdeen, Sunday flights will depart at 8pm, arriving in Norwich at 9.20pm. Lead-in fares start from £99 one way, including taxes and charges.

While the service will particularly benefit oil workers heading offshore early on a Monday morning and other business commuters, it is also expected to attract leisure travellers. The Sunday service is in addition to Eastern Airways’ year-round choice of weekday departures, with up to three flights a day from Norwich to Aberdeen.

Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ commercial director, said: ‘We are always looking at opportunities to further improve services and we’re now in a position to provide a non-stop Sunday service, which will reduce journey times for Norwich customers and allows us to offer an improved later departure time to Aberdeen.’

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said: ‘Eastern Airways’ decision to operate a non-stop Aberdeen service from Norwich on a Sunday evening is very welcome, and further improves the connections that Norwich Airport can offer to the energy industry and travelling public in East Anglia.’

Additionally, scheduled passengers of Eastern Airways benefit from a fast track security channel at Aberdeen airport to avoid any queues at security search, enabling the airline to close check-in just 30 minutes before the departure time.

Eastern Airways also offers a newly refurbished business lounge at Aberdeen Airport for all its scheduled passengers. Complimentary drinks and snacks are offered on board the aircraft and there is no charge for check-in, baggage or choice of seat.