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Extra flights

LOGANAIR is to operate extra flights between Sumburgh and Aberdeen from 14 June, with more stops at Orkney being penciled into the Inverness schedule.

The service will increase from four to five flights a day on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays, with a new lunchtime flight leaving Aberdeen at 12.55pm (arriving at Sumburgh 2pm) and departing from Sumburgh at 2.30pm (arriving Aberdeen 3.30pm).

The airline says the timings offer excellent connections at Aberdeen to and from Flybe and British Airways flights throughout the UK and beyond.

The new flights are already on sale at www.flybe.com and will operate until late October.

From Monday 11 June Loganair is increasing its stops at Kirkwall airport, with both morning and afternoon Inverness services landing in Orkney on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

This increases the number of weekly flights between the two island groups from seven to ten and reinstates day return facilities in both directions on these days.

The airline, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, had reduced its flight schedule on the Sumburgh-Kirkwall-Inverness routing last autumn due to a combination of high operating costs, increasing fuel prices and declining passenger numbers.

However, following the successful conclusion of negotiations with airport operator HIAL, it has become economically viable to reinstate many of the services.