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Ferry Summer 2018

Jobs go at Sumburgh following Flybe exit

| Written by Chris Cope

Sumburgh Airport pictured after its recent refurbishment. Photo: HIAL Sumburgh Airport pictured after its recent refurbishment. Photo: HIAL THIRTEEN jobs have been lost at Sumburgh Airport following Flybe's withdrawal from routes connecting Shetland to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Eastern Airways, which operated flights for Flybe, confirmed the news this week after Loganair became the sole carrier on the routes.

Flybe and Eastern joined forces to take on Loganair in September with daily flights on an Embraer jet, but they pulled out in early January after having two operators proved to be unsustainable.

A spokesperson for Eastern confirmed that the company would still have staff at Sumburgh Airport to cater for its oil-related activity.

"We will continue to have a ground handling team in Sumburgh to support other long-term flying commitments through the airport," they said.

"Regrettably, the withdrawal of the Flybe routes from Sumburgh did impact on some of our staff, which resulted in 13 job losses."

All three airlines are expected to make losses on the routes, which sometimes saw planes fly with a handful of passengers on board.

The news comes after Loganair announced a ten-commitment pledge to its Shetland customers which should see more seats offered at lower prices.

It will offer at least 50 per cent of seats on flights at its lowest four fares, with the cheapest advance price for a one-way trip to Aberdeen, for example, set to come in at £40.23 once the ADS discount has been applied.

The airline will also increase the amount of flights to and from Shetland during the summer, with extra flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh scheduled alongside a new direct route to Manchester.

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