Loganair had previously taken over the route between the Isle of Man and London City from British Airways on an interim basis at the start of September. The service will now move to the UK capital’s largest airport, which has continued to offer a wide range of onward connecting flights despite the impact of the pandemic.
This will be the first time that the Glasgow-based airline operating a permanent scheduled service to Heathrow. It follows moves by Loganair to secure runway slots at Heathrow for the IOM service.
Loganair Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said,
“We are heartened to be able to restore the Isle of Man’s connectivity to London Heathrow, building upon our record of delivering the island’s essential passenger air services through the Covid-19 pandemic. It represents an excellent springboard for future developments as and when circumstances allow, and this will include creation of local employment in the Isle of Man to fly Loganair’s services.”
Isle of Man Government Minister for Infrastructure Tim Baker MHK said,
“Restoring the Heathrow route has been a long-term aspiration for the Isle of Man Government, which is pleased to be working with Loganair to make it happen. Establishing the connection at this stage will enable Island residents and businesses to look forward with confidence and will also lead to important employment opportunities locally.”
The route will be operated using a 49-seater Embraer 145 regional jet. Initial operation will start with 6 flights per week. Saturday flights will be introduced from 19 December.
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