Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, today (2 August) launches its new direct service linking the capital cities of Scotland and Wales.
To mark the launch of the new route between Edinburgh and Cardiff, Loganair’s Head of Revenue and Sales, Donna McHugh, will fly to the Welsh capital to meet Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport.
The service will operate up to five times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, connecting Scotland and Wales for business and leisure travellers alike.
Flights will be on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jets, with prices on the 1hr 20min trip starting at £50.99 one way including all taxes and charges. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance.
The direct flights represent the last major route to be restored by Loganair and other carriers, thereby bringing back the domestic connectivity lost when Flybe collapsed in March 2020.
The Cardiff service adds to the eight others already flown from Edinburgh by Loganair, including Southampton, Newquay and the Isle of Man.
Donna McHugh, Head of Revenue and Sales at Loganair said: “Loganair is delighted to once again be operating the Edinburgh to Cardiff route. It is vital that connectivity is maintained between these two major cities, and we know it will prove very popular with both our leisure and business travellers.”
Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport said: “It’s fantastic that Loganair has re-instated such a vital and in-demand route, re-connecting the Scottish and Welsh capitals. Once again, customers will be able to fly with ease between Cardiff and Edinburgh, and fly from their local Airport for business travel, to visit friends and family, or to experience the vibrant city of Edinburgh and Scotland’s natural beauty.
“It is our priority to re-instate routes lost due to COVID-19 pandemic, and we are delighted that Scotland’s airline has stepped in to provide an essential service to both our business and leisure customers. We’d like to extend a warm Welsh welcome to Loganair and thank the airline for their support.”
Kate Sherry, Aviation Director at Edinburgh Airport said: "We're excited to be reconnecting the capitals of Scotland and Wales, a route which will allow family members to reunite as well as enable people to enjoy a well-earned break in Edinburgh and Cardiff. It's been an extremely tough period and we know people are looking forward to enjoying some time away from home, and this is further good news as the airport looks to provide those opportunities for our passengers. Loganair is a valued partner and its confidence in Edinburgh Airport is welcome now and going forward."
Monday: Depart Edinburgh 14.30, arrive Cardiff 15.50; Depart Cardiff 16.20, arrive Edinburgh 17.40.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Depart Edinburgh 09.50, arrive Cardiff 11.10; Depart Cardiff 11.40, arrive Edinburgh 13.00.
Sunday: Depart Edinburgh 14.15, arrive Cardiff 15.35; Depart Cardiff 16.05, arrive Edinburgh 17.25.