Regional carrier Loganair is launching a Glasgow to Derry service following Ryanair’s recent decision to discontinue the route.

The Scottish airline is to launch the Glasgow to Derry air service on 28 October, the day after Ryanair’s service ceases.

Operating five days a week, Loganair will use a 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a larger, 50-capacity Saab 2000 aircraft used for Sunday evening services.

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director at Loganair, said this route has always been popular, “given the close connections between the residents of the two cities.” He added: “We’re delighted to be returning to a route which we first initiated all those years ago, while also ensuring its continuation following Ryanair’s recent announcement. We very much hope that our decision to secure the future of this air link will be of keen interest to those with family ties and football affiliations, as well as people with business in the two regions.”

Loganair first served Derry in Northern Ireland in April 1979, becoming the first airline to operate to City of Derry Airport at the time.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport commercial director, said “We are thrilled our long-standing airline partner Loganair has made the decision to step in to operate a regular service to Derry.” Bourienne added that the Northern Irish city is a “consistently-popular destination with our passengers.”

Derry will become Loganair’s 12th destination from Glasgow in Scotland. The airline added Guernsey and Donegal to its Glasgow network this year and will resume non-stop flights in May from the city to Bergen in Norway for a second summer season.

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