Loganair to seek Government help as pandemic grounds some flights

The boss of Scottish airline Logainair has confirmed the company will be seeking Government help to survive coronavirus.

The regional airline flies to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin from Carlisle Airport, but has recently grounded these flights due to the outbreak.

Chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous effect on all UK airlines.

"The Government has made it clear that it is open to requests for support from individual airlines and whilst Loganair has not yet taken up this invite, we expect to join other UK airlines in doing so in the coming days.

"As a provider of lifeline air services, Loganair is unlike other many airlines in that we are continuing to fly the routes on which our customers depend.

"It’s critical that we do so, and we believe we are well placed to be able to maintain those services throughout the current crisis.”

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It comes on the same day airline giant EasyJet grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It's a move which is said "removes significant cost" as the aviation industry struggles to cope with a collapse in demand caused by the outbreak of the virus.

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