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Loganair to suspend London City morning flights for two weeks

Covid absences affecting new routes

One of Loganair's two daily flights between the Isle of Man and London City is being suspended for two weeks.

It's because the airline is facing high levels of Covid-related absence amongst its Isle of Man-based aircrew.

The change affects the morning flights between Monday and Thursday and will start next week.

New routes to London City and Heathrow were launched last week.

Passengers booked to travel on these journeys have been informed and offered alternative flight times and compensation.

Loganair says it's working to increase its pool of suitably qualified crew but they must first complete training specific to London City Airport.

In a statement chief commercial officer Kay Ryan said: "We recognise that this isn’t where anyone would have wished to be and I’m very sorry that we’ve arrived at this as the only viable alternative.  

"The objective is to fix this as quickly as we can and that does include all of our IOM-based crews being able to operate to London City airport.

"The sickness levels were unexpected, obviously, and we are deeply disappointed to have had to take this step but it is also crucial that we provide our customers with certainty.

"We have already established alternative flights for our passengers and are contacting all those who have booked the morning flight to discuss their options.

"Covid continues to cause major disruption across the travel sector and Loganair is unfortunately not immune to this.

"However we are committed to reinforcing our resilience and ensuring our customers get to their destinations.

"Our 60 years of service to communities across the UK has been forged through delivering for our customers through thick and thin."

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