Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) has reacted to the closure of flybe. (BE, Exeter) by revealing plans to serve 16 routes formerly flown by the now-defunct carrier, a statement said. flybe. ceased operations on March 4 following its entry into administration.

The 16 routes - from existing Loganair base airports at Aberdeen Dyce, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle, GB - will be launched progressively over the next three months. The new Loganair routes (and launch dates) are as follows:

  • From Aberdeen to Belfast City (March 16), Birmingham Int'l (March 16), Jersey (May 9), Manchester Int'l (March 16), and Southampton (March 23 - via Newcastle);
  • From Inverness to Belfast City (March 23), Birmingham (March 16), and Jersey (May 30);
  • From Edinburgh to Cardiff (March 23) Exeter (March 23), Manchester (March 23), Newquay (June 20), and Southampton (June 15);
  • From Glasgow to Exeter (March 30) and Southampton (March 30);
  • From Newcastle to Exeter (July 6) and Southampton (March 23).

"The collapse of a long-standing airline like flybe. marks a desperately sad day, especially for the airline's dedicated team of employees and for customers facing disruption to their journeys," said Loganair Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Hinkles. "By stepping in so quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying...I am confident that the plans being announced today are robust and sustainable, enabling former flybe. customers to benefit from Loganair's high standards of customer service and on-time performance on a range of new routes."

Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside), a former franchise partner of flybe., will take over three previously flybe-operated services, two of which will compete with Loganair's new sectors: Aberdeen-Birmingham, Southampton-Manchester and Southampton-Newcastle.

According to the ch-aviation capacities module, Loganair's biggest three bases in terms of weekly seats are Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The airline currently operates an eclectic mix of 43 aircraft as it is now in the process of phasing out some types while introducing others. Its fleet consists of one ATR42-500, one ATR42-500(F), two ATR72-600s, one DHC-6-300, two DHC-6-400s, four E135(ER)s, thirteen E145s, two Saab 2000s, two Saab 340A(F)s, thirteen Saab 340Bs, two Saab 340B(F)s, and two BN-2s.

Two ATR72-600s, owned by Avation, and previously operated by flybe. and then subleased to Loganair, have now been leased to Loganair directly, according to a statement from the leasing company. The expiry of the lease terms is in August 2021 and September 2021, respectively.