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Staff shortages lead to rapid reductions on the Loganair route from the Isle of Man to London

One of Loganair’s two daily flights between the Isle of Man (IOM) and London City (LCY) is suspended for two weeks. The airline blamed the reduction in service on staff shortages due to Covid-related absences.

Loganair increased its services from the Isle of Man to London City to twice daily Monday to Friday in early May, however, the temporary suspension of one of the daily flights will begin next week. Passengers booked to travel on the affected services have been notified and offered alternative arrangements.

Many airlines have felt the impact of Covid-related absences. For Loganair, the situation is further complicated by the fact that pilots need specific training to be able to fly at London City Airport due to the steep approach and take-off in place, which further reduces the pool. crew available. The airline said it was working to get more crew online as quickly as possible.

Pilots must undergo additional training for the steep approach and take-off from London City Airport. Photo: London City Airport

In a statement, Loganair chief commercial officer Kay Ryan said:

“The aim is to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and that includes all of our IOM-based crews being able to operate to London City Airport. The levels of illness were obviously unexpected, and we are deeply disappointed. for having had to take this step, but it is also crucial that we provide certainty to our customers.”

Connecting the Isle of Man to London

Loganair flies from the Isle of Man to London City and London Heathrow airports, using its 70-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft. Both routes are operated under a codeshare agreement with British Airways, allowing passengers to connect to a wide variety of international flights.


Daily services to London Heathrow began in early May 2022, at the same time as the second daily service from London City was introduced. The latter offered a same-day return option for business travellers, and it was this additional new service to London City that was mainly affected by the lack of staff.

Loganair flights from the Isle of Man to London City and London Heathrow are operated on a codeshare basis with British Airways. Photo: British Airways

About Loganair – the UK’s largest regional airline

Loganair began flying in February 1960 and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. It has since become the largest regional airline in the UK in terms of passenger numbers and fleet size.

The airline has operating bases at Glasgow Airport, Aberdeen Airport, Inverness Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Newcastle International Airport. Currently operating a fleet of 45 aircraft, Loganair has ordered three more ATR 42-500s and four ATR 72-600s.


Following Flybe’s collapse in March 2020, Loganair took the opportunity to begin operating many former Flybe routes.

Loganair is temporarily reducing the frequency of its services between the Isle of Man and London City. Photo: Loganair

As travel resumes and passenger numbers increase dramatically, the aviation industry around the world is experiencing similar staff shortage issues. This has resulted in long queues at airport security and flight delays, as well as a number of cancellations.

We are now entering peak summer season, and airlines and airports will be working hard to minimize the impact on themselves and their passengers.

Have you flown on one of Loganair’s new routes between the Isle of Man and London? Share your experiences by commenting below.


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