Poor bookings have forced Loganair to put a new domestic route on ice.

The Scottish carrier admitted that forward bookings for the Aberdeen-East Midlands airport service were “well below expectations”.

Flights were due to be introduced on February 24 after being announced in September.

The airline said: “During the first few weeks of 2020, the difficult economic circumstances that arose last autumn simply haven’t improved.

“Forward bookings for the Aberdeen to East Midlands route have been well below expectations, and we’ve therefore reluctantly taken the decision to defer the launch of the route until further notice.

“It’s very rare that we would take such a step, yet the market conditions simply aren’t going to support this brand new route.”

Loganair issued an apology to customers for the inconvenience and pledged to work with them to put alternative travel plans in place.

“Loganair remains fully committed to both Aberdeen and East Midlands airports, and will be pressing ahead with the launch of Aberdeen-Haugesund flights on 24 February and the introduction of a new, improved timetable for the Glasgow-East Midlands route also on the same day,” the carrier added.

“Customers with onward connections between East Midlands and Loganair’s network in Scotland are being offered alternative connecting flights via Edinburgh or Glasgow.

“Those booked on Aberdeen-East Midlands flights will have the choice of a full refund; alternative flights with another airline between Aberdeen and Birmingham; or a Loganair flight from either Edinburgh or Glasgow to East Midlands, as is their choice.”