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Extra cheap flights during ferry re-fit

SCOTTISH airline Loganair is taking advantage of travel disruption to and from Shetland when the isles’ daily ferry service to Aberdeen will be reduced to three sailings a week this winter.

While debate continues between Orkney, Shetland and the Scottish government over the dry docking period for the northern isles ferries, Loganair has scheduled 56 extra flights between 13 February and 30 March.

The move will increase capacity on the Sumburgh to Aberdeen route by more than 1,800 seats over the seven week period.

Loganair said the additional flights would operate Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The company’s chief operating officer Jonathan Hinkles said: “These temporary cuts to Shetland’s ferry service will clearly affect many passengers’ travel plans.

“We’re putting an extra aircraft into service to provide these additional flights between Sumburgh and Aberdeen during the ferries’ overhaul programme to offer competitively-priced alternative means of travel.”

He also pledged to offer as many low-fare seats as possible on the extra services, priced at between £36.65 and £64.94 for a one-way ticket from Sumburgh to Aberdeen, including all taxes and with ADS discount.