Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) is set to start operating a 6x weekly service between London City and Isle of Man under its own code from September 1, 2020, after British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) announced it would be ending the route for economic reasons.

The Scottish regional specialist has been operating the service on behalf of BA CityFlyer (CJ, London City) since 2018, first using Saab 2000s and then, since mid-February 2020, using an ATR42-500. The route was never suspended during the COVID-19 lockdown, although the frequency was reduced from 17x weekly to just 6x weekly, operating to London Gatwick and London Heathrow at times.

Loganair has been using one of its four ATR42-500s, G-LMRA (msn 490), for the route since February. The airline plans to maintain the current frequency, schedule, and capacity when it takes the service in-house on September 1.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Loganair already operates from the Isle of Man to Liverpool (11x weekly) and Manchester Int'l (6x weekly) using an E145. Following the end of the London City service, British Airways will no longer serve the island. In terms of services to London City, Loganair currently flies to the airport 11x weekly from Dundee.

Loganair was British Airways' only third-party ACMI provider, while its ATR42-500 was the smallest aircraft deployed under BA's code in the United Kingdom. BA CityFlyer operates a fleet of twenty-seven Embraer regional jets (three E170s and twenty-four E190s). BA's franchisee Sun-Air (EZ, Billund) operates fifteen Do328-300s, seating 28-32 passengers each.

Editorial Comment: Added clarification that the Isle of Man-London service temporarily operated to Gatwick and Heathrow. - 01.09.2020 - 06:10 UTC