Loganair has today launched the first service between Newcastle and Exeter, restoring the lost route formerly catered for by Flybe.
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The connection between the North East and the South West has been restored with a new flight route from Newcastle International Airport.

Airline Loganair has today launched the first service between Newcastle and Exeter, restoring the lost route formerly catered for by Flybe.

Operated using a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet, the service will see twice weekly flights on Monday and Friday throughout winter, with further flights set to be added in 2021.

It is anticipated that the restored route will provide new links to the tourism hotspots of Devon and Cornwall.

Kay Ryan, chief commercial officer at Loganair, commented: “We’re pleased to be able to restore yet more UK regional connectivity with the launch of our flights between Newcastle and Exeter.

“For many, Summer holidays this year were a write-off, so we’re confident the introduction of daily flights for the summer 2021 programme will be especially welcome for families looking to make the most of next year, as well as for businesses as market conditions improve.”

Matt Roach, managing director at Exeter Airport, added: “I’m pleased to welcome this new Loganair route to Newcastle in another milestone day for Exeter Airport following months of well documented hardship.

“This is the latest in a succession of new and returning routes, and we’re delighted that Loganair is extending its footprint from Exeter. It’s important we restore as much regional connectivity as possible and we’re ready to receive passengers with new health protocols at the airport and on board with Loganair.

“We are delighted to celebrate the launch of today’s addition to the network with this new Exeter service. We hope the route will be warmly welcomed by passengers visiting friends and relatives on the South coast, looking to a UK based holiday or those needing to travel for business.”

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