The first Loganair flights between Aberdeen and London have officially taken to the skies, as the airline’s direct services to London Southend Airport celebrated their inaugural departure.

A major boost for the North East’s connectivity with London, the new business focused schedule follows a period of overall reduction in Aberdeen’s airlinks to London.

Customers can choose from three non-stop flights to London Southend each way every weekday, together with Sunday services, all operated by Loganair’s Embraer 145 regional jet aircraft. The schedule is designed to enable a full working day in the capital before an evening flight home.

Flight times are one hour and 35 minutes, followed by short, 100-step walk to London Southend Airport’s railway terminal where customers can board one of five peak time trains per hour to London’s Liverpool Street Station 52 minutes away.