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Published on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Loganair cancels Isle of Man service to London Heathrow






Loganair is cancelling its Isle of Man to London Heathrow route from 11 August.


It took the decision after it was unable to agree essential financial support for the service beyond the end of July with the Isle of Man Government.


Loganair started the route at the end of November last year on a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet, providing essential connectivity, after previously operating a service from the island to London City on behalf of BA CityFlyer.


It was the first time the airline had operated a scheduled service to Heathrow.


Loganair maintained the Isle of Man's passenger air services following the demise of Flybe and the introduction of Covid-19 lockdowns in March 2020, and today operates routes from the island to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Jersey.  


The airline employs pilots and cabin crew based in the Isle of Man.


"We regret having to take this decision to cancel the Heathrow service and also very much regret the inconvenience to our customers.  The sharp rise in costs of operating services at London's premier airport coupled to the slower-than-expected rebound in passenger numbers after the pandemic mean that the route is not viable unless it has financial support from the Isle of Man Government," said Loganair chief commercial officer Kay Ryan.


"Meantime we fully intend to support local employment and the local business supply chain by continuing our other services from the island."


 

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