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Loganair is expanding, announces six new routes

"Clann Dail Gheal"

Loganair continues to expand its network after unveiling six routes to commence in 2020  -  including new destinations and additional connections linking airports across its extensive route map.

The airline has announced:

  • Glasgow to Cardiff – the first time it has connected the two cities
  • Aberdeen to Haugesund  – its first route from the Northern Norwegian airport and third from Norway
  • Aberdeen to East Midlands – growing its presence at both airports after being welcomed as East Midland’s newest operator last week
  • Aberdeen to Brussels – an optimised schedule via Newcastle to significantly reduce journey times compared to current travel options
  • Newcastle to Bergen – the airline’s fourth service from the North East airport and third from Bergen
  • Newcastle to Guernsey – a summer seasonal service to the popular Channel Island destination

The developments are the latest phase of the Scottish airline’s ‘Where next?’ program, expanding its route map both within the UK and across northern and mainland Europe – introducing 19  routes since the beginning of 2019 – now ranking as the UK’s 5th largest airline by number of flights operated.

Loganair now operates to a total of 36 destinations in seven countries, which includes more domestic options than any other carrier.  However, its extended network spans the globe through a broad-reaching selection of codeshare and interline arrangements with some the industry’s biggest airlines – recently adding Norwegian regional carrier, Wideroe alongside Emirates, Qatar, British Airways, KLM, Air France and Turkish Airlines.

All of the services will be operated by Embraer 145 or 135 jets, part of Loganair’s overall fleet of 45 aircraft, and will be year-round, with the exception of the seasonal summer link between Newcastle and Guernsey.

The new services from Aberdeen to Haugesund and East Midlands, as well as Newcastle to Bergen will each link regions with notable energy, oil and gas or maritime sectors – combined with the Norwegian cities strong leisure offering.

Glasgow to Cardiff is a popular business service connecting Scotland and Wales, which should also be frequented by leisure customers on long weekends or extended breaks, while Newcastle’s link with Guernsey is a Saturday service for weeklong summer holidays in the beautiful channel island.

Loganair will provide daily services to Cardiff with the remaining year-round schedules operating six days per week, excluding Saturdays.

With a long history serving the oil and gas sector, Loganair offers customers holding Vantage Cards or valid offshore ID’s extra flexibility from the airline to help with changes in shifts patterns or weather that impacts upon connecting helicopter flights.

Lead in fares and start dates for each route are detailed below:

  • Glasgow to Cardiff operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will commence on February 27 with lead in fares starting at £44.99
  • Aberdeen to Haugesund operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will commence on February 24 with lead in fares starting at £89.99 / NOK 990
  • Aberdeen to East Midlands operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will commence on February 24 with lead in fares starting at £54.99
  • Aberdeen to Brussels via Newcastle operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet aircraft will commence on October 28 with lead in fares starting at £89.99 / €100
  • Newcastle to Bergen operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet aircraft will commence on April 26 with lead in fares starting at £89.99 / 929 NOK
  • Newcastle to Guernsey operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet aircraft will commence on May 23 with lead in fares starting at £74.99

Top Copyright Photo: Loganair Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) G-SAJS (msn 145390) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 947541.

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Via Air to add two new routes from Sanford

Via Air (Via Airlines) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N802HK (msn 145066) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 943957.

Via Airlines (Via Air) has announced further expansion of its network with new nonstop service between its headquarters at the Orlando Sanford International Airport and the cities of Columbia, SC, and Tallahassee, FL.  These new cities are in addition to Via Airlines’ current service from the Orlando Sanford International Airport to Baton Rouge, LA, Charlotte, NC, Jackson, MS, Mobile, AL, and Montgomery, AL.

Service to/from Columbia commences December 3, 2018, and will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Service to/from Tallahassee commences December 3, 2018, and will operate every Monday and Friday.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Via Air): Via Air (Via Airlines) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N802HK (msn 145066) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 943957.

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ViaAir expands Austin service with new nonstop flights to Oklahoma City and Tucson

ViaAir to add two routes from Charlotte

ViaAir has announced new nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Oklahoma City and Tucson beginning January 18, 2018. These new flights join a growing portfolio of new nonstop options; beginning with new Winter seasonal flights between Austin and Steamboat/Hayden, CO starting December 13.

Nonstop flights from Austin to Oklahoma City and Tucson begin January 18, 2018.

City Pair Depart Arrive Frequency
Austin – Tucson 10:50am 12:20pm Monday, Thursday, Friday
Tucson – Austin 1:05pm 4:10pm Monday, Thursday, Friday
Austin – Oklahoma City 5:05pm 6:25pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Oklahoma City – Austin 7:10pm 8:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

All times local

ViaAir plans to base crews and maintenance at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, positioning its Austin based operations to expand.

ViaAir is partnering with Embark Aviation to commercially manage these flights which includes: pricing, revenue management, network planning, and marketing functions. This innovative air service model allows ViaAir to plug major airline commercial planning functions into its operations and permitting Via the ability to focus their resources and expertise on the operational functions of the airline.

Founded in 1997, ViaAir is an aviation company offering daily scheduled flights, charters and AirCruise vacation packages. The airline operates domestic and supplemental operations and was the first to be certified in the FAA’s Part 5 Safety Management System, ensuring the highest level of safety in the aviation industry. The airline operates a fleet of Embraer ERJ-145s with 50 seats.

Top Copyright Photo: ViaAir (Via Airlines) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N802HK (msn 145066) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929714.

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California Pacific Airlines acquires SkyValue Airways (ADI)

California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) CLD (James Helbock). Image: 912597.

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad, CA), which failed in its first attempt to gain its Part 121 AOC with an Embraer 170 (above), is still alive. It has found another way to start operations in 2018.

Top Copyright Photo: California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) CLD (James Helbock). Image: 912597.

According to the San Diego Reader, “California Pacific Airlines (CPAir) has purchased a 58-year-old airline, currently flying as SkyValue Airways (ADI-Aerodynamics).”

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ADI Charter Services (Aerodynamics) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N359AD (msn 145169) JQF (Jay Selman). Image: 403006.

Above Copyright Photo: ADI Charter Services (Aerodynamics) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N359AD (msn 145169) JQF (Jay Selman). Image: 403006.



The History of California Pacific Airlines by Ted Vallas:

In 1980 I had received air carrier permits and approvals to operate a scheduled 121 operation out of Carlsbad Palomar Airport to a number of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico cities.

Just prior to my first start, I had moved my Flag and Domestic Air Carrier operation from the Caribbean to Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport. The move added five Convairs and a complete repair station to my Palomar Operations.

At approximately the same time and prior to my start, a Lear Jet operator began a Lear training program using Palomar’s instrument landing system (ILS) and other facilities. He moved in a number of very noisy Lear Jets from other areas for touch-and-go operations. His flights caused hundreds of noise complaints from the area residents, which were definitely justified.

Even though I had received approvals for any operations after a number of hearings, the airport manager approached me to delay my flights until the Lear Jet operator completed his program and the complaints quieted down. I agreed with the understanding that the permits already granted to me would not require any further hearings.

After the Lear Jet operation left Palomar, but before I could start my schedule, area residents requested that I go through new hearings. The airport manager went along with their request and did not honor his commitment to me. He withheld my counter space and gate area telling me that the pressure from the area residents was too great on the City Council and him without new hearings. Realizing that I would not get new permits approved, I moved the flight operation to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

Barishnikov TourI was able to continue my helicopter operation, repair stations and my Super 580 Aircraft company modification center at Palomar. In preparation for my operations, I had built a number of hangars and office buildings at Palomar. I also approached the County to allow me to build a much needed new and modern terminal building and restaurant hoping that it would open the door for the return of my desired scheduled operations. Even though the airport manager and the County of San Diego approved of my request, the FAA did not.

About three decades later, the County of San Diego, owner of the airport, has taken an entirely different approach to its vision for the future of Palomar Airport by building a modern air terminal that meets my desire for a facility to support a scheduled airline operation. The first piece of my dream is now in place.

My business plan of 1980 was nearly identical to my proposed plan of 2009. I recognized thirty years ago the need for scheduled service from North San Diego County, which could be recognized as a “hometown airline.” Today, anyone who resides or conducts business in the North County will see an immediate need for better air transportation from our own area.

We only have to look back some twenty years when the pride and joy of San Diego residents was its Pacific Southwest Airline (PSA). It was a true regional airline flying point-to-point through the state and region. Back then, the entire San Diego County population was not as large as today’s North County of 1.3 million people.All Aboard

CP Air will rejuvenate the regional air system concept. You might rightfully say that I am copying and improving upon the successful portions of the old PSA plan of point-to-point service.

Operations out of Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport will save North County residents (1) a typical three-hour roundtrip to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, (2) a delay of ninety minutes standing in lines, clearing security, and preparing for flight, and (3) an average expense of $24 for parking.

To augment my original plan, I will use new, state of the art jet aircraft featuring 2 by 2 seating. This seating configuration offers a much more comfortable experience eliminating the dreaded “middle seat”, at least 31 inches of legroom, and the widest coach seat in the air. To add to the comfort and convenience, each of our passengers will receive a seat assignment.

The original proposed route map: