London’s Southend Airport has announced that Loganair’s existing flight between Stansted and Derry-Londonderry will be switching to Southend later this year.
Loganair took over the Stansted-Derry service in February after Flybmi ceased operations in February.
Loganair already operates flights from Southend airport to Aberdeen, Carslisle, Glasgow and Stornoway, with the addition of the Derry route leaving Dundee as the only destination the airline will still serve from Stansted.
Flights between London and City of Derry Airport are subsidised by the government under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract, funding for which has been renewed.
The new Loganair service will operate 26 flights per week using a 49-seater Embraer 145 aircraft when it launches on 27 October.
Speaking about the decision to renew funding for the London-Derry route, Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said:
“This announcement is another demonstration of how the UK government and its resources enhance the everyday lives of the people of Northern Ireland.
“UK airports like City of Derry Airport play an important role in delivering domestic and international connections that help passengers travel further and link businesses to global trade partners, and this government subsidy will help support an important connection to London, helping people do business, visit family and go on holiday.
“The renewal of this funding is a clear example of the government’s own ambitions for a thriving economy as it works to ensure all regions and nations of the UK are well served by airports and routes to the rest of the country.”