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      Monday 02 Feb 2009

      Loganair announced today that it is launching new routes between Belfast City and the Isle of Man as part of a wider expansion plan that will benefit business and leisure travellers.

      In a joint announcement with franchise partner Flybe, Loganair will introduce up to three flights a day from May 3, 2009, ensuring passengers can travel to Isle of Man and back on the same day.

      With another new route being launched from the Isle of Man to Blackpool and more services from the Isle of Man to Glasgow, Belfast passengers will benefit from greater onward connections.

      Loganair and Flybe are working hard to ensure that 2009 is a strong year for domestic tourism. More Brits are expected to holiday at home to beat the recession and attractive exchange rates will also make UK destinations a viable alternative for tourists from Europe and North America.

      David Harrison, Chief Executive of Loganair, said: “We are delighted to announce a significant expansion in our operating network with new routes, additional services and improved departure times between some of our most popular destinations.

      “The new schedule, which we are announcing today, provides additional connections that can only be good news for leisure and business travellers alike, ensuring they have the widest possible choice.”

      He added: “At Loganair we are constantly seeking to improve our service and, with Flybe, today’s announcement is another step towards ensuring our passengers get the quality service they have come to expect from us at a competitive price.”

      Economy Plus passengers will benefit from access to the Flybe lounges at the Isle of Man and Belfast airports, complimentary on-board drinks and will also be able to change their reservations to alternative flights up to two hours before departure.

      Katy Best, director of business development at Belfast City Airport, said: "We welcome the addition of Loganair services from Belfast City Airport and the expansion of the Flybe network from Northern Ireland. The access to Blackpool is particularly welcome as we believe this is a service that will increase the important links between Northern Ireland and the north east of England."

      Flights to Isle of Man leave Belfast City at 09:15, 12:55 and 17:25 and return to Belfast City at 08:10, 14:00 and 16:20. There will be one flight each way on Saturday and Sunday.

      Fares start from £29.99 one-way, including all taxes, fees and charges and are available from Tuesday 3rd Feb, online at