Loganair confirms Norwich closure plans
Loganair has revealed its proposals to close its physical operating base at Norwich Airport. The airline will continue to operate flights from Norwich to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Jersey, using aircraft and crews from its Scottish bases from February onwards.
Formal consultation discussions started this week with the airline’s 44-strong team of pilots, cabin crew and engineers at the base, with the aim of minimising redundancies by offering positions in other parts of the Loganair network should the proposal go ahead.
Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “It’s with sincere regret and a heavy heart that we have to outline proposals to close our operating base at Norwich.
“It’s a hugely disappointing outcome following the tremendous hard work earlier in the year to transition our Norwich crews and engineers to the Embraer jet fleet.”
Hinkles said that a major reason for the Norwich closure decision had been a lack of improvement in passenger numbers on the route to Manchester following the introduction of Embraer jets earlier this year, and that the route was no longer viable.
Should the plan go ahead, it will mean the Norwich-Manchester route will close on January 5.
Hinkles emphasised that there were no current plans to evaluate the future of other Loganair bases and that redundancy proposals related solely to Norwich-based team members.
Hinkles added that attempts had been made at renegotiation with suppliers, including Norwich Airport, but that the financial gap in the Norwich operation was at a level that such negotiations could not reasonably be expected to bridge.