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.”

Edinburgh Airport’s flight path plans divide local communities

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Edinburgh Airport has clashed with local communities after its plans for proposed changes to flight paths were met with negative reactions from the public.

Concerns were raised last year after a trial of a new flightpath over West Lothian was cut short after thousands of noise complaints from residents in communities including Uphall and Dechmont who claimed that they had been “brought to tears” by sound from low-flying planes.

In a bid to connect to the public, Edinburgh Airport has launched a campaign online and on social media with the hashtag #letsgotogether. The website offers options for users to read the FAQs, read the consultation material, submit a response and check their postcode to see how the changes will affect their area. The ‘Let’s Go Further’ survey, which closed at midnight on Monday, asked people what “local factors” should be taken into account in designing the potential route. The website has already seen over 5000 responses to the proposed changes, which have ranged from the positive to the concerned.

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Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said “Our international route network has grown to become the envy of many similar sized European airports. The strong levels of growth we have experienced since 2013 resulted in the airport handling over 11.1 million passengers last year.”

“We need to modernise and improve Edinburgh Airport in a way that maximises the benefits across Scotland and minimises the impact on local communities.

“Over the coming days, weeks and months our initial consultation will involve a leaflet drop to over 640,000 doors, will be highlighted via our vast social media reach, targeted through advertising to a TV audience of at least 900,000 as well as an outdoor advertising campaign in arterial routes across Edinburgh and in national and local newspapers adverts.”

The changes are not allowed to happen without the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority and cannot commence earlier than 2018.

Dewar is adamant that there will be significant consultation with local community groups this time round.

“This time last year we were – justifiably in some cases – we were criticised for not engaging thoroughly enough with our neighbouring communities before running a flight path trial.

“We’ve learned our lessons and this time round will do all that we reasonably can to ensure that everyone has their say on the future growth of Edinburgh Airport.”

 

 

 

Expanding retailer at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport retailer created 44 new jobs. Image courtesy of flikr/Matte Doni

Edinburgh Airport retailer created 44 new jobs. Image courtesy of Matte Doni/ Flickr

Edinburgh Airport is seeing an increase in job opportunities as World Duty Free doubles the size of its store  in the capital’s airport.

The travel retailer has expanded, creating dozens of new jobs. The store has hired 44 more staff  as it moves to a larger premises in the airport.

With outlets across the UK, World Duty Free is one of the most popular stores among travellers. They have sites in Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

The branch has a wide range of products on offer, including cosmetics, perfume, fashion accessories, spirits and souvenirs.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar stated in a press release:

“This fantastic World Duty Free store doubling in size is a great example of how we have listened to our passengers and have delivered greater choice to improve the constantly evolving Edinburgh Airport experience.”

 

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Edinburgh airport staging emergency response exercise

Edinburgh Airport are to hold an emergency response exercise. Photo credit: Karen Bryan

Edinburgh Airport are to hold an emergency response exercise. Photo credit: Karen Bryan

Edinburgh Airport will today carry out a planned emergency training exercise and so has urged that passengers, the media and the general public not to worry.

The simulated incident will involve a report being received from Air Traffic Control involving an inbound helicopter with a loss of communications. This will be followed by a controlled explosion in their fuel farm so as to simulate an act of terrorism, to which the emergency services will also respond.

Up on the announcement of the exercise Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar, said:

“This live exercise and the response to it will look real as its purpose is to test our procedures and responses as a live incident would – but I would ask people looking on not to be alarmed.

“Live exercises provide so many benefits and opportunities for the wide range of services, agencies and departments to test the application of plans and deployment of resources in a fully monitored manner.

“Thankfully, for the majority of us a live exercise of this type is the only exposure we may ever have to anything like a real incident. It provides an opportunity to learn from each other, identify both strengths – and where improvements may be implemented – in what we all do, record findings and to improve our processes and procedures.”

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