Today, 27th February 2019, Loganair’s new service between City of Derry Airport, (CoDA), and London Stansted commenced operations.
Passengers departing on the inaugural flight were treated to light refreshments and entertainment.
Loganair’s Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles welcomed passengers on board their inaugural flight, which departed from City of Derry Airport at 07:05am. Mr. Hinkles stated: “We are very pleased to be able to continue the vital airlink between Derry and London Stansted. Bookings have been extremely positive which only re-enforces how important this route is to the region. We look forward to building on a successful start with the new Derry to Manchester schedule starting the 24th May. Both Stansted and Manchester will operate on our Embraer 145 jet aircraft, and with our existing Glasgow service brings the total routes served by Loganair from City of Derry Airport to three.”
Regional & City Airport’s Contracts Director, and representative of the management company at the Airport, Mr. Clive Coleman, outlined that the double daily service enables travellers within the local area to depart CoDA early morning and return the same evening as well as acting as a catalyst for in-bound tourism to the region. Clive stated: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Loganair commence operations of our London Stansted public obligation service. This is great news for the airport and the wider North West region. A direct air link with a London airport is imperative for this region – and our business community.”
The route runs twice daily on a 49-seater jet aircraft with an early morning departure each day that is particularly suited to business travellers and commuters from the region to arrive in central London early in the morning and complete a full day’s business before returning back on an early evening flight. Maintaining frequent, convenient and competitively priced air services to and from London is vitally important and this route is vital for the economic development of the North West region.
Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport, Charlene Shongo, outlined: “The double daily service between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted, (exception Saturday when there is one service) has already proven very popular with business and leisure travellers throughout the North West with Loganair indicating strong sales to date.
“The new service offers customers a convenient, all-inclusive service where 20kg hold baggage and 6kg hand luggage fly for free and passengers can enjoy complimentary in-flight refreshments on board, with prices starting from just £39.99pp one way. Loganair also offer discounted child fares and a frequent flyers loyalty programme. Flights to London Stansted can be booked via www.loganair.co.uk and Stansted Express train tickets can be purchased at City of Derry Airport prior to departure.
Mrs Shongo concluded: “City of Derry Airport is a vital piece of transport infrastructure and is the airport of choice for the North West of Ireland, offering both convenience and excellent customer service. I would encourage all travellers to ‘Fly Local and Choose CoDA’ when making future travel arrangements. We have fantastic facilities on our doorstep, and it is essential everyone takes advantage of their local airport for future air travel where possible.”