A domestic air link lost with the collapse of Flybe in March is restored today (Monday) by Loganair.

The route between Flybe’s former base at Exeter airport and Newcastle will be served twice a week.

The Scottish carrier is deploying a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet on the route with flights on Mondays and Fridays throughout winter with lead-in fares of £54.99 each way.

Frequency will rise to a daily service from March next year, with double daily flights on Fridays to meet demand for UK holidays.

Chief commercial officer Kay Ryan said: “We’re pleased to be able to restore yet more UK regional connectivity with the launch of our flights between Newcastle and Exeter.

“For many, summer holidays this year were a write-off, so we’re confident the introduction of daily flights for the summer 2021 programme will be especially welcome for families looking to make the most of next year, as well as for businesses as market conditions improve.”

Exeter airport managing director Matt Roach added: “I’m pleased to welcome this new Loganair route to Newcastle in another milestone day for Exeter airport following months of well documented hardship.

“This is the latest in a succession of new and returning routes, and we’re delighted that Loganair is extending its footprint from Exeter.

“It’s important we restore as much regional connectivity as possible and we’re ready to receive passengers with new health protocols at the airport and on board with Loganair.

“We’re already looking forward to summer 2021 when schedules will be further enhanced to Newcastle and Loganair will add Glasgow flights.

“We hope the route will be warmly welcomed by passengers visiting friends and relatives on the south coast, looking to a UK based holiday or those needing to travel for business.”