Loganair steps in to take over four routes from Edinburgh Airport previously run by Flybe

Scottish airline Loganair has taken over four routes from Edinburgh Airport that were previously operated by the defunct company Flybe.

The routes to Manchester, Exeter, Cardiff and Newquay will commence from Monday March 16, the company announced.

Flybe went into administration on Thursday after hopes to boost the airline through fresh financial support collapsed.

Loganair will also be creating 100 new jobs across its four Scottish bases – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee – and the company has said it will be prioritising applications from former Flybe staff for all of the roles.

Loganair’s chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “By stepping in quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying, and to offer new employment to former Flybe staff members who are facing an uncertain future.”

The Flybe desk at Edinburgh Airport has closed (Credit: EN4 News)

As well as the Edinburgh routes, Loganair have taken over an additional 12 routes from Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, and will be running an additional 400 flights a week.

In a statement sent to EN4 News, Scottish secretary for transport Michael Matheson, said: “It is very disappointing that Flybe has gone out of business. The carrier was an essential part of our domestic transport network, connecting cities for business and tourism around the UK, as well as providing employment at the main airports in Scotland.

“My officials have spoken with AGS Airports, Edinburgh Airport and Highlands & Islands Airports this morning to discuss how we can best ensure connectivity is maintained. We have also spoken with Loganair, who are preparing to take up a number of Flybe’s former routes to help maintain connectivity.”

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