Glasgow-based Loganair has been contracted to provide daily flights between Derry and London Southend Airport for two years from October 27, taking over the public service obligation (PSO) airlink. It has operated the PSO route since February when, following the collapse of sister airline Flybmi, it was appointed as interim operator.
The agreement will see the route move from its current home at London/Stansted to London Southend Airport, making Derry the company’s fifth destination from the Stobart Group-owned facility. Loganair will fly 26 frequencies per week on the route which has been designed to enable a full day of business in London. Links to Southend depart at 7.00am on weekdays and leave the English airport at 7.25pm. It is also offering a 9.00am Saturday rotation and two Sunday connections.
Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, said: “We are delighted London Southend has been selected to help retain this important daily link between Derry and London, which is vital for both business and tourism.” The PSO route, awarded by the UK Government’s Department for Transport in partnership with the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, will utilise 49-seat Embraer ERJ 145s.