Scotland’s Airline Loganair has had its international connectivity further boosted by the signing of partnerships with three major airlines, with four more pending.
The deals with Air France, Dutch giants KLM and Thomas Cook Airlines, known in the aviation industry as “interline agreements”, enable Loganair customers to through-ticket and to through-check baggage with where flights connect at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Norwich.
In addition to these deals, Loganair is close to signing agreements with Emirates and another three international airlines, which it will announce soon.
The moves are the latest in Loganair’s “Better Connected” programme, which aims to provide the Scottish airline’s key destinations with a wide range of links both for local community travelling worldwide - but importantly to also enable incoming visitors, whether for tourism or business, to enjoy ease of booking and ease of access.
Single ticket booking for ongoing flights with more than one carrier offers multiple benefits including through check-in, protected connections in the event of delays and, importantly, the APD saving on flights from the Highlands and Islands which can be as much as £78 per person if connecting onwards to long-haul destinations.
The partnerships with KLM and Air France will allow passengers from all Loganair’s Highlands & Islands destinations to travel via Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness onto KLM flights to Amsterdam and from there to destinations worldwide; and via Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Air France flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle and again onwards to destinations worldwide.
The deal with Thomas Cook Airlines will allow holiday connections from the Highlands and Islands via Glasgow to destinations including the USA, and both Eastern and the Western Mediterranean on a single ticket and the same will apply to Emirates services to the Middle East and thence to the Far East and Australia.
The Thomas Cook partnership also provides long-haul connections from Inverness and Norwich via Manchester to destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando and Las Vegas on a single ticket.
It also complements codeshare arrangements Loganair already has in place with British Airways and its partner airlines at Manchester, offering connectivity to transatlantic routes, including Chicago and Philadelphia, with onward connections throughout the US with British Airways’ partner airlines.
Loganair’s commercial director Kay Ryan said: “These are exciting deals with some of the biggest names in international air travel, and they mean a better, joined-up service for our customers – as well as making it easier for overseas tourists to come and visit some of the beautiful places we fly to in the Highlands and Islands. Our brand strapline boasts that we’re Better Connected, and deals like these make that statement increasingly true.”
The latest announcement comes only weeks after it was revealed that easyJet’s global connections platform Worldwide by easyJet, of which Loganair was a founder member, had added three more airlines and seven more airports to its membership
This platform enables customers of participant airlines to seamlessly connect with partner airline flights through a digital, virtual hub, and easyJet also sells stand-alone tickets on behalf of partner airlines, including Loganair, thereby boosting its brand recognition