1. ITV Report

Derry City Airport secures London and Manchester routes

City of Derry Airport will continue to provide a route despite flybmi's collapse. Credit: PA

Loganair will be the new operator of City of Derry Airport’s sole route to London following the collapse of flybmi – and will provide a new daily service to Manchester.

Concerns had been raised over the impact the loss of the direct to London service would have on the North West.

However, it has now been confirmed that the Scottish airline will provide two services to London Stansted each weekday and on Sunday and a single Saturday flight.

The London route will be operational from Wednesday 27 February.

From 24 May, Loganair will also provide daily services to Manchester.

I know the news about flybmi created great uncertainty, so we’re focused on recommencing operations as quickly as possible.

– Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair Managing Director

The airline has a long history with City of Derry Airport and was the first to fly commercial services there back in 1979.

It already provides flights to Glasgow five days a week, after stepping in to safeguard the route when Ryanair pulled out last year.

Loganair Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: “We’re extremely pleased to be selected to operate the essential Derry to Stansted air service following completion of a competitive tender process.”

He added: “Our new Manchester route marks a further expansion of the airline’s destination map from Derry, building our relationship with the airport and providing even more choice to customers.”