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Flybe Saab 340

SHETLAND’S only international air service got off to a flying start this week with its first flight of the summer season from Sumburgh airport to Bergen, in Norway.

Loganair has been running the popular twice weekly service for the past five years and this year has started one week early in order to keep up with demand.

The airline said there had already been a 23 per cent increase in bookings for the Wednesday and Saturday flights, that will continue until 1 September, two weeks later than last year.

Part of the boost in numbers is being attributed to the Scottish government permitting Shetland travellers to use the 40 per cent air discount scheme rebate on the route.

Chief operating officer Jonathan Hinkles said: “The early signs are that it will be a bumper season for Sumburgh’s only non-stop international air service as it enters its fifth year of operation.”

Flights using a Saab 340 aircraft leave Sumburgh at 11:45am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Bergen at 1:55pm (a 70-minute flight plus one hour time difference).

Return services leave Bergen at 2:45pm and arrive in Sumburgh at 2:55pm.

Flights can be booked at www.flybe.com/ads or via the Loganair Air Discount Scheme reservations line on 0845 800 2855.