Loganair Celebrates One Year Connecting Remote Communities with the UK’s Largest Airport

UK airline Loganair has marked one year operating its service from City of Derry to Heathrow Airport, connecting customers with an array of worldwide destinations

UK airline Loganair has marked one year operating its service from City of Derry to Heathrow Airport, connecting customers with an array of worldwide destinations.

The airline secured additional highly sought-after Heathrow slots at the airport in 2023 and announced that it would operate services, in addition to those already operating from Isle of Man, from City of Derry, as well as Dundee, with onward connections to Orkney and Shetland, as part of its expansion in the UK capital.

This week marks one year since those flights took to the skies for the first time.

The route offers a three times daily service from City of Derry to London Sunday to Friday, two flights on a Saturday.

Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer Luke Lovegrove travelled to the airport to meet with Heathrow Airport’s Chief Customer Officer Ross Baker, commemorating the occasion with a special cake made to celebrate the anniversary.

Through Loganair’s variety of codeshare and interline agreements, customers are able to easily connect through Heathrow to over 90 destinations across the globe such as New York, Tokyo and Singapore.

Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer of Loganair, said:

 “We are pleased to be at Heathrow Airport today celebrating one year of what has been game-changer routes for the remote communities we serve across the UK.

“These services provide essential connectivity to those regions, unlocking global connectivity and tourism as well as opening up direct access from London to some of the most scenic parts of the UK.”

Steve Frazer, Managing Director at City of Derry Airport, stated:

“It has been a year to remember at City of Derry with the three times daily Loganair London Heathrow service offering frequent connectivity to the UK’s leading hub airport. The service has been well received by corporate and leisure travellers across the Northwest of Ireland, including the student and family market, who commute on a regular basis. The demand for this service is clear to see with an additional Sunday service being added earlier this year to meet the travel needs of the local region.

“In addition, the route has opened a gateway to the world for the Northwest, with single ticket international connections to 119 destinations across 56 countries available with Loganair’s interline partners. It has been interesting to see the growth of this international market, with destinations in the Middle East, including Dubai and Doha, proving to be most popular international connections at present.

“We look forward to continuing the success of the service between City of Derry And London Heathrow with Loganair, and growing the international market further.”

Ross Baker, Chief Customer Officer, Heathrow said:

“It is fantastic to join Loganair to celebrate one year of their services to Dundee, Shetland, Orkney and the City of Derry.

“With a strong start to the year, domestic passenger numbers at Heathrow are the highest they have been in nearly a decade. Loganair are key to supporting this by widening the choice for passengers, opening up connectivity across Scotland and Northern Ireland to the UK’s hub.

“Regional connectivity is key to unlocking economic growth for every part of the UK and through our domestic discount, we are proud to support these lifeline routes at Heathrow.”