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Returning to travel with Loganair

Find out all about our ATPI Marine & Energy team manager’s trip to Belfast, courtesy of Loganair.

It has been a while since any of us travelled anywhere, especially by air, but as the world goes back to normal (or the new normal) Loganair asked if our ATPI Marine & Energy team manager, Aaron Reid, would like to fly with them to see how things have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic. Of course he said yes, and off to Belfast he went!

So how has air travel changed?

The Airport

On arrival at Aberdeen Airport there is a sanitising station at the main entrance and signs stating that face coverings must be worn in the terminal building unless seated or eating and drinking.  On entering the main check-in area it was good see that the airport had started to get busier.

Despite this there wasn’t much of a queue at the check-in desk, nor at security. The check-in assistant asked Covid related questions and advised that it was a busy flight. This did come as a surprise, but it was a great feeling to know that people were returning to fly. Security was a quick and easy process and for the first time I didn’t beep as I went through. Again there were social distancing markings throughout the whole security area.

With the airport having received a complete refurbishment it is now much fresher and includes new shops and restaurants. The departure lounge is now open plan and there’s plenty of seating which is spaced out for social distancing. As there was a special offer on the Airport Lounge and I had plenty of time until my flight, I took them up on the offer. 

Once aboard the aircraft, the friendly cabin crew member Omar greeted all the passengers. The seating onboard was very comfortable and there was plenty of legroom.  

The captain came on the tannoy and welcomed everyone on board and thanked us for being patient and wearing face coverings. It was time to go!

The Flight

Up in the air the cabin crew cleaned the cabin, including all the handles before the fasten seatbelt sign was switched off. Then came the inflight service and to keep it Scottish I got a Tunnocks Carmel wafer and a drink. It was a rather quick flight, I only just had time to finish my snack as the plane landed in the capital of Northern Ireland.

Belfast

Like Aberdeen Airport, Belfast Airport had clear social distancing markings and sanitising stations throughout the terminal. I didn’t have long to wait for my luggage and off I went to explore Belfast.

Belfast is a wonderful city with lots history and a city tour to do! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great with the rain battering off the windows of the bus but I got to see a lot of the city. There’s lots of shopping and places to eat and drink and the locals are very friendly.

For the last 18 months we have all been social distancing, wearing face coverings and washing our hands so for my trip away with Loganair, there was nothing frightening about the whole flying experience. The fantastic Loganair service with added safety and cleaning procedures in place ensured everyone can travel safely. As restrictions are lifting on travel and when you feel comfortable you are in safe hands.

Aaron Reid, Marine & Energy Team Leader, ATPI

We would like to thank everyone at Loganair for allowing Aaron the pleasure to fly with them and report back on Covid Safe travel.