Flights to Jersey from Newcastle are being added to Loganair’s summer schedule.

The service is due to start on May 28 using a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet with fares starting at £75.99 one-way.

The new service adds to the Glasgow-based airline’s growing summer 2021 commitment to Jersey, with connections already in place to the island from Teesside, Norwich, Edinburgh and Isle of Man.

The Newcastle frequency starts twice a week on Fridays and Sundays until July 6, increasing to three times a week until October 26 with the addition of Tuesday flights.

Loganair’s planned summer 2021 destinations from Newcastle already include Aberdeen, Bergen, Exeter, Newquay, Southampton and Stavanger.

The announcement came as the first Loganair flight in two-and-a-half years took off on Monday from Teesside for Aberdeen, one of six routes previously announced as part of a long-term deal. 

Flights to Jersey, Newquay and Dublin are set to start this summer, with Belfast City and Heathrow from March 8.

The London service is initially planned to operate twice a day Monday to Friday with a single flight on Sundays. From March 28,

Weekend services will increase from March 28 to one morning flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays.

Loganair chief commercial officer Kay Ryan, referring to the Newcastle-Jersey addition, said: “The route will ensure customers from two airports in the north-east have access to one of the most beautiful and popular holiday destinations in the British Isles, one which provides more than a hint of being overseas with its French place names and climate.

“This addition to next summer’s schedule shows Loganair’s continued commitment to providing domestic connectivity for both leisure and business customers, despite the severe damage being caused to the aviation industry by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Ports of Jersey chief executive Matt Thomas added: “Despite these challenging times, the demand for Jersey as a holiday destination remains strong among visitors, whilst it also enables residents the opportunity of visiting much missed family and friends in the UK.

“We are working hard to ensure that when the day comes that travel restrictions are lifted, Jersey will be well-placed to reap the benefits that connectivity brings to our tourism and hospitality sector.”