MANAGERS at Birmingham Airport have confirmed some of its Flybe domestic schedule will be taken over by another airline, as flight cancellations continue this week.
Dozens more flights were cancelled today (March 6), including services to Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Loganair, based in Aberdeen, said it would start three daily Birmingham-Aberdeen services, with a daily Birmingham-Inverness flight from March 16.
The aiport said Loganair’s schedule had tickets available now.
Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: “We thank these carriers for responding to the situation with flybe to replace the capacity for Midlands’ customers. It demonstrates that airlines realise the strong Midlands market and we look forward to welcoming these new carriers to Birmingham in the coming weeks. We would reassure customers that we are continuing talks with other airlines to backfill the remaining flybe capacity.”
A spokesperson for Birmingham Airport added: “Customers formerly booked on Flybe services on the same routes can make new bookings at www.loganair.co.uk and obtain a refund via their payment card provider for tickets booked with Flybe. In common with all other airlines, Loganair has no access to Flybe systems or customer data to be able to facilitate re-bookings.”
Birmingham Airport has also announced the launch of Guernsey airline, Aurigny. The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday March 11, operating daily in the late morning – initially excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mr Barton said: “We are pleased to announce the continued service to the popular destination of Guernsey, with Aurigny following the loss of the service offered by flybe from Birmingham.”
Mark Darby, chief executive, said, “We believe that maintaining Guernsey’s connectivity is key and with the collapse of flybe it is an unmissable opportunity for Aurigny to provide a valuable customer service while at the same time increasing our operation and improving our financial position.
“Given that we are able to do this with no increase in fixed costs and with aircraft, crew and a user-friendly booking system immediately available to us we hope that this will alleviate some travel concerns.”