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New flights for Dundee's airport
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The flights from Dundee Airport will begin in May
Passengers will once again be able to fly from Dundee to Birmingham or Belfast after Loganair announced it would be launching new flights.

The routes were suspended last year by Flywhoosh when the Polish airline which provided its plane ended their deal.

The Loganair flights will be operated by Flybe and will begin on 21 May.

There will be three daily return flights on weekdays to Birmingham and one to Belfast, with a return flight on each route on a Sunday.

We believe there's more than enough passengers wanting to use Dundee
Scott Grier
Loganair chairman

It is hoped the routes will appeal to locals, business travellers and students.

Scott Grier, chairman of Loganair, said: "We know how important air services are to the economy.

"This is hugely important to the development of this area, and we hope to be serving Perth and Dundee and all the hinterland of Fife and elsewhere.

"We believe that we can establish a separate market from the Edinburgh market.

"We believe there's more than enough passengers wanting to use Dundee."

Loganair first operated in Dundee in 1963, after the airline's founder, Willie Logan, won the tender to build the Tay Road Bridge.

Scott Grier
Loganair director Scott Grier wants to introduce further routes

Workers, engineers and architects would use the flights between the city and Edinburgh during the construction of the bridge.

Passengers will travel these new routes on 34-seater Saab 340B planes.

Mr Grier said they had been interested in flying to Birmingham and Belfast before the collapse of the Flywhoosh flights and believes they can succeed where Flywhoosh failed.

Dundee West SNP MSP, Joe FitzPatrick, also feels the flights will be a success.

"Flywhoosh was very disappointing, and there was a problem in terms of confidence in something that was going to replace Flywhoosh," he said.

"I think had it been another company that people didn't know then there would've remained a problem in terms of having confidence in the service.

"But because Loganair and Flybe are such well-known and highly respected companies I think that we won't have that concern now."

Loganair said that these initial new routes would just be the start of its partnership with Dundee Airport.

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