Airline steps in to offer new routes following demise of flybmi

Scottish regional airline Loganair has announced it will start scheduled services from East Midlands Airport, introducing two new routes to Brussels and Inverness, this autumn.

Previously operated by flybmi, services between Brussels and East Midlands ceased on February 16.

On Monday 2 September , the airline will begin an early morning and afternoon rotation to Brussels between Monday and Thursday as well as afternoon services on Friday and Sunday. It will also provide six flights a week between East Midlands Airport (EMA) and Inverness, in the North East of Scotland.

Operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft and with a flight-time of one hour and ten minutes, the timetable has been created to enable a full day’s business on the continent, departing at 06:50 from EMA before returning to the UK via a well-timed 19:00 service.

Meanwhile the journey to Inverness takes one hour and 35 minutes, setting off at midday before returning to EMA at 14:00.

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair said: “I am extremely pleased to announce the expansion of our route map while also beginning passenger services from East Midlands Airport.

“Both of these convenient airlinks will benefit the East Midlands region, connecting with Belgium’s largest city – home to thousands of multinational businesses while Scotland’s highlands are now just over 90 minutes away.”

Loganair currently operates freight services from East Midlands Airport but this announcement marks the first time it has provided passengers flights from the region.

Karen Smart, East Midlands Airport’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome a new airline to EMA. This is fantastic news for passengers who will have new routes to choose from. This is also important for the region as it enhances the connectivity between the East Midlands, mainland Europe and Scotland.”