I think the old saying if it ain't broke why fix it springs to mind.
Scotland does have its own airline, albeit a small regional one flying under the colours of a more recognised brand flybe.
With regards to its own 'legacy' airline, what would be the point or buy-in for people to fly it when they have the choice to fly full fare with one stop to more International destinations than anywhere else from LHR
or conversely direct to Europe with a LCC? Taking into account many Scots are driven by price, why would they choose to fly with an inevitably more expensive Scottish brand?
From a company point of view, where would they be based? Like so many have said, there are two airports within a relatively short distance of each other (three if you include PIK
) with different markets, EDI
more business/tourist oriented and GLA
more charter market based, both with frequent flights to London (Flyglobespan couldn't make a GLA
/LON route work). This new airline would need to offer frequent flights to make it a credible alternative to the existing carriers not to mention a loyalty programme for frequent flyers, what alliance if any would it join?
I am from Glasgow and remember the days when Loganair flew Fokkers and 146s all over the UK, even claiming to fly to more destinations from MAN
than anyone else. I would like nothing more than to see Scotland having its own strong 'National carrier' similar to Aer Lingus, however with strong LCCs and a flag carrier already in place it is very unlikely to happen.
From a personal point of view, I would love to see Loganair in their own colours again, the aircraft could be named after famous scots and have their faces on the tail similar to Norwegian, with an investment from another airline operating a similar set up to that of BA
Cityflyer at LCY
. A handful of jet aircraft to start with (perhaps EMB 190s) flying to Europe during the week and chartered out to Holiday destinations on the weekend. Both GLA
consolidated into one airport, by closing one and providing a fast train link to the other city.
As far as long haul goes, I don't see a strong market for this and it is also very expensive to maintain (I think this is where Flyglobespan went wrong).
Just out of interest, does anyone know what percentage of transatlantic passengers flying Aer Lingus/Icelandair actually originate in Ireland/Iceland?