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Newcastle Airport's Flybmi routes taken over by Loganair

A Loganair passenger plane Photo: PA

Two flights from Newcastle Airport, which were operated by Flybmi, will be taken over by another airline. Loganair has stepped in to operate routes to Brussels in Belgium and Stavanger in Norway.

Flybmi went into administration on Saturday with all of its flights to 25 European cities cancelled.

The company blamed its collapse on increases in fuel and carbon costs, and challenges “particularly those created by Brexit”.

Loganair will operate the services from March 11th, providing early morning double daily rotations between the North East and the Belgian capital between Monday and Thursday, while operating two evening departures on Friday and Sunday.

It will also run six services a week to Stavanger, on weekdays and Sunday.

The move will lead to the Scottish airline establishing an operating base out of Newcastle Airport and the potential for further expansion from the North East.

It’s always really sad to see an airline go out of business, and our thoughts are with all those affected – particularly staff members. We’re working on employment opportunities for pilots, cabin crew and engineering support staff to strengthen the Loganair team.

Our new routes from Newcastle complement our existing activity across a distinct geographical area, acting as a logical fit with our network – while also enabling the exciting development of setting up a base from the airport."

– Jonathan Hinkles, Managing Director, Loganair

Loganair will operate the services using a 49-seat Embraer 145 aircraft.