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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1962
AOC # 2105
Hubs Glasgow International Airport
Focus cities Edinburgh Airport
Inverness Airport
Kirkwall Airport
Sumburgh Airport
Stornoway Airport
Aberdeen Airport
Campbeltown Airport
Dundee Airport
Norwich Airport
Frequent-flyer program Avios
Airport lounge Flybe Executive Lounge
Fleet size 29 [2]
Destinations 31[citation needed]
Headquarters Cirrus Building, 9 Marchburn Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SJ, Scotland, UK
Key people Stewart Adams - CEO
Website www.loganair.co.uk

Loganair Limited is a Scottish regional airline founded in 1962, with its registered office on the grounds of Glasgow International Airport in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.[3] Its tag line is Scotland's Airline. Loganair operates scheduled services under a Flybe franchise in mainland Scotland and Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. It also provides services for the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and night mail services on behalf of Royal Mail. In addition to its main base at Glasgow, the airline has hubs at Edinburgh Airport, Inverness Airport, Dundee Airport and Aberdeen Airport.[4]

The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence. It is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[5]


Loganair was established on 1 February 1962 by the Logan Construction Company Ltd, operating as its air charter arm[6] with a Piper PA-23 Aztec based at Edinburgh.[7]

In 1967 Loganair began flights between the Orkney islands,[8] and started operating in Shetland in 1970.[7] In 1966, after Renfrew Airport closed, the airline established its head office at Glasgow Airport.[9][10] This aspect of Loganair's operations ceased on 31 March 2006 when the new contract for air ambulance work was awarded to Gama Aviation.

Between 1968 and 1983 the company was owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland, [7] Towards the end of this period, Loganair bought Shorts 360 and Fokker F27 aircraft.[7] The company brought jets into the fleet with two British Aerospace 146es. In December 1983 it became a subsidiary of the Airlines of Britain Group.

Further aircraft were added to the fleet: BAe Jetstream 31, BAe Jetstream 41, and BAe ATP aircraft. In the late 1980s Loganair was the fastest growing scheduled operator at Manchester airport, and, in terms of number of flights, was the airport's second busiest carrier.[11]

After a restructure of British Midland Group in 1994, Loganair's routes outside Scotland and the aircraft used operate them were transferred to Manx Airlines. This consolidation of services led to the formation of a new airline, British Regional Airline (BRA Ltd).

In 1997, with Loganair now consisting of six aircraft (one de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and five Britten Norman Islanders) and 44 staff, a management buy-out occurred.[12]

In June 2005, Loganair was awarded a contract from the Irish Government to operate a daily return service from Knock, County Mayo to Dublin. This public service obligation (PSO) route operated for a period of three years as British Airways, with effect from 22 July 2005. The operation ceased in July 2008, the contract having been lost to Aer Arann.

The airline bought routes from Citiexpress in March 2004.[6] It flew BA's BAe ATPs on them until 28 May 2005, when further Saab 340 aircraft were purchased to replace them.

There were also services to Belfast City Airport and to Birmingham, England from Dundee, which ended on 2 December 2012.[13]

On 8 July 2011, it was announced that Loganair had agreed to purchase Cambridge based ScotAirways. ScotAirways continued to trade as a separate entity (using its original name of Suckling Airways) and holding its own licences and approvals until April 2013.[14] [15]

After CityJet had terminated its services between Dundee and London City Airport in January 2014, Loganair took over the route, operating From Dundee to London Stansted Airport, with the support of a PSO agreement.[16]

In August 2015 the airline became part of a new regional airline group, Airline Investments Limited (AIL),[17] along with East Midlands-based airline bmi regional[18]

Twin Otter on the beach at Barra Airport

Franchise operation[edit]

A Loganair Saab 340 in Flybe livery

Until October 2008 Loganair was a British Airways franchisee, operating flights sold through BA using BA flight codes. Loganair's inter-island operations between the Orkney and Shetland Islands carried out using Britten-Norman Islanders was removed from the franchise agreement in 2004. The flights have since been marketed under Loganair's own name, rather than British Airways'.

Loganair became a franchise airline of Flybe, operating in the Flybe colours.[19][20] Flights are also operated under a codeshare agreement with British Airways connecting flights from Scotland to London. The franchise has been criticised by residents in the Scottish islands for what they perceive to be excessively high fares,[21][22] and a Facebook campaign set up in June 2015 to highlight the issue attracted over 7,400 "likes" over the course of its first weekend.[23]

In May 2015 two Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter aircraft were acquired by Highlands and Islands Airports to be operated by Loganair on the Scottish Government's Public Service Obligation routes between Glasgow and Cambeltown, Tiree and Barra.[24]


Main article: Loganair destinations

Part of Loganair's operations includes the world's shortest scheduled commercial route, between Westray Airport and Papa Westray Airport, a distance of 1.7 miles.[25]


Loganair Saab 340A in the airline's own livery

The Loganair fleet includes the following aircraft (at June 2015):[2][26][27]

Loganair Fleet
Aircraft In fleet On order Passengers Notes
Britten-Norman Islander 2 8 Orkney Inter-island operations only
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 19 Operated for Flybe
Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter 2 19 Operated for Flybe on behalf of the Scottish Government
Dornier 328 4 31/32 Operated for Flybe
Saab 340A Freighter 2 N/A Cargo only
Saab 340B 13 34 Operated for Flybe
Saab 2000 4 1 50 Operated for Flybe
Total 28 1

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 12 June 1986, a DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft with 16 people on board[28] struck high ground on the island of Islay in poor weather. The pilots had mistakenly identified the coastal village of Laphroaig as the town of Port Ellen, near Islay's Glenegedale Airport. There was one fatality, a pilot.[29]
  • In 1996, a Britten-Norman Islander was destroyed in Shetland. The accident occurred during a night time recovery to the aircraft's home base following a medical evacuation flight. The aircraft crashed short of the runway whilst attempting to land after a previous discontinued approach in strong gusting cross winds. The pilot had exercised his discretion to extend the period for which he was allowed to fly that day. The pilot's medical certificate had expired nineteen days earlier thus invalidating his pilot's licence. The pilot was killed in the crash. The doctor was seriously injured. A nurse seated at the rear of the aircraft sustained minor injuries.[10][30]
  • On 27 February 2001, Flight 670 a Short 360 operating a Royal Mail flight to Belfast serial number G-BNMT, crashed into the Firth of Forth shortly after taking off from Edinburgh at 1730GMT. Both crew members were killed, but there were no passengers on board. An Air Accidents Investigation Branch(AAIB) inquiry later blamed a buildup of slush in the aircraft's engines for the crash. Protective covers had not been fitted to the engine intakes while the aircraft was parked for several hours in heavy snow at Edinburgh.[31][32]
  • On 15 March 2005, a Britten-Norman Islander crashed into the sea while descending toward Campbeltown Airport in western Scotland. The aircraft was operating on an unscheduled air ambulance flight. Both occupants, the pilot and one passenger (a paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service), died in the crash.[10][33] As a result of this accident, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) accepted Safety Recommendation UNKG-2006-101 from the UK's accident investigation report, which the European Commission adopted into regulation, that makes passenger shoulder harnesses mandatory on all commercial air transport aircraft weighing less than 5,700 kg and having fewer than nine passenger seats.[34](p67)[35](p103)[36](p88)[37]


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  21. ^ "FLYBE – Is it fleece me?". South of Scotland Liberal Democrats. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
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  34. ^ Formal Report AAR 2/2006 Report on the accident to Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2B-26 Islander, G-BOMG, West-north-west of Campbeltown Airport, Scotland, on 15 March 2005. 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  35. ^ European Aviation Safety Agency. "OPINION NO 04/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN AVIATION SAFETY AGENCY of 1 June 2011 for a Commission Regulation establishing the Implementing Rules for air operations" (PDF). European Aviation Safety Agency. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
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  37. ^ European Commission (25 October 2012). "COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 965/2012: CAT.IDE.A.205 Seats, seat safety belts, restraint systems and child restraint devices". Official Journal of the European Union. 965/2012: L/296 116. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 

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