Regional carrier Loganair has released details of its Summer 2021 schedule from the Isle of Man.

The airlines said the programme steps up services on existing routes, restores routes suspended during the pandemic and adds three new ones.

Loganair has maintained the Isle of Man’s only passenger air services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

It said plans for 2021 are responding to demands from customers keen to plan and book in anticipation of Covid-19 vaccines enabling air travel to take place safely again.

Services to London Heathrow, which started on December 1 as Loganair’s first permanently scheduled service to the UK’s biggest airport, will increase to double daily from March 28.

Flights to Manchester will increase to two daily from April 1, and from July 1 Manchester frequency will increase to four per day and Liverpool to three per day.

Birmingham services, which cancelled last year following the demise of previous operator Flybe, will re-start on April 1 with a four- times a week service.

This will increase to daily from May 22. Edinburgh services will re-start with three flights each week from April, building to four from May 25.

The new routes from the Isle of Man include Southampton (three fights a week from May 26), Belfast City (four times a week from April 1 increasing to six times weekly from May 24) and a seasonal non-stop service to Jersey (every Saturday from May 22 until late September).

Lead-in one-way fares on the new services are £39.99 to Belfast City, £44.99 to Birmingham, £69.99 to Southampton and £79.99 to Jersey.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “We are heartened to be able to further increase the island’s connectivity with these announcements.

“We’re already seeing bookings coming in for destinations such as Jersey and Cornwall, and it was increasingly clear that the Isle of Man was missing out.

“Today’s announcements will provide clarity for both our customers on the Isle of Man and those on the ‘other island’ and beyond wishing to plan and book for the summer.”

“We’ve taken a phased approach to increasing the number of flights on offer, in anticipation of a progressive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and re-opening of borders.

“Of course, we will continue to work closely with the airport management team and the Isle of Man Government to prioritise public health and continued connectivity.”

Loganair is also planning to increase the numbers of seats available across all routes by introducing larger ATR72 turboprop aircraft, which can carry up to 70 people per flight.