British Airways and Loganair have announced a major expansion of their codeshare agreement to offer more choice and connectivity for customers travelling across the UK.
The expansion to 18 new routes will now give British Airways customers access to 38 of Loganair’s UK routes, meaning that customers can book onward connections from destinations across the airline’s route network, or point-to-point travel in the UK more easily through British Airways’ website. Customers who book onto these selected routes operated by Loganair through ba.com can also earn Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club programme.
Routes now available to book include:
- Aberdeen to Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Southampton
- City of Derry to London and Liverpool
- Cornwall Airport Newquay to Manchester
- Exeter to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester
- Inverness to Birmingham
- Norwich to Aberdeen and Edinburgh
- Teesside to Southampton
British Airways customers travelling from Aberdeen or the Isle of Man to Manchester will now also be able to connect onto British Airways’ codeshare flights on other carriers, including oneworld partners from the north-west hub. Destinations include New York, Barbados and Orlando, allowing customers to book a single ticket with assured connections.
The codeshare expansions between the two carriers comes as Loganair celebrates its 60th birthday, making it the oldest UK airline still operating under its original name. The Glasgow-based airline, which was formed on 1 February 1962, now flies over 70 routes throughout the UK, Isle of Man, Ireland, Norway and Denmark, and serves more UK airports – a total of 34 – than every other airline put together.
The airline marked the anniversary with balloons and cake, commemorative chocolates for customers on every flights, and a special 60th anniversary offer for its Clan Loganair frequent flyers. Loganair has also launched a competition to give away a diamond ticket, consisting of 60 free flights across its network and is asking people to enter nominate an individual or group they believe are most deserving of the gift.
Loganair’s Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said, “We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 60th anniversary, an unrivalled milestone in the UK airline industry. In the time that Loganair has been serving customers in Scotland and beyond, over 50 other airlines have come and gone – yet a constant has been the commitment of Loganair to keeping communities connected.
“We’re delighted to mark the anniversary with the expansion of our partnership with British Airways, effectively doubling the number of routes on which we cooperate to bring benefits for customers. The development cements what we believe to be the longest-running relationship between two UK airlines, and it’s a partnership which will continue to deliver for customers throughout the UK.
“The next 60 years will undoubtedly see a different set of challenges, yet I’m already hugely encouraged by progress to develop new carbon-neutral electrical and hydrogen power sources for domestic flights. It’s clear that short-haul domestic flights will be the first to benefit from these new technologies, and I fully expect that we’ll see the first of these powering Loganair customers within the first six of our next 60 years.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented, “For six decades now, Loganair, the oldest name in UK airlines, has made an exceptional contribution to the Scottish economy. Since 1962, the airline has helped keep the country moving, ensuring that people across Scotland are connected – particularly those living in and visiting our more remote communities. The importance of that has never been clearer than during the pandemic as the airline continued to operate, transporting patients, tests and equipment across Scotland and beyond.
“Loganair’s leadership in the net zero transition is also hugely appreciated and it should help ensure a very bright future for Scotland’s airline.”