June 1, 2020 @ 9:49 by Richard Dawson
Scottish carrier Loganair has resumed flights at Newcastle Airport today (June 1), with non-stop jet services to Aberdeen the first step to restoring full services at the North East airport.
The first flight will take off at 18:10 from Newcastle to Aberdeen this evening. Flights to Southampton will commence from June 15 and those to Exeter from July 20.
The Newcastle to Stavanger (Norway) service is expected to restart in early August, with the exact date to be confirmed once the duration of incoming passenger quarantine and border restrictions is clarified.
The Aberdeen route is a daily service and increases to a double daily from July 6.
The Glasgow-based airline – which employs 20 pilots and cabin crew based at Newcastle to fly its services there – has continued to fly more services than any other UK passenger airline during the coronavirus pandemic, providing essential service to the Scottish islands during April and May.
All flights will be operated under the “Safe Steps to Healthy Flying” protocols which Loganair announced on May 14.
Loganair’s initiatives mirror those later announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Loganair chief executive, Jonathan Hinkles, said: “With many businesses turning their thoughts to re-starting work after the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s regional air connectivity will be more important than ever.
“For the sake of the recovery of the UK economy, we must enable key workers across the oil & gas, construction, service and healthcare sectors to travel swiftly, comfortably and safely throughout the country.
“As well as providing travel guidance on which basis businesses can plan, we believe today’s announcement will also lend confidence to people looking forward to visiting families and friends once social restrictions permit.”
Loganair’s advice to customers regarding travel safety during the current COVID-19 crisis is already available on its website, and customers are urged to check for regular updates.