SNP - Tom Wills

Extra October flights

DEMAND for flights during the October school break has led Loganair to lay on more than 1,000 extra seats between Shetland and the Scottish mainland for the second year running.

The airline announced on Monday that an extra 34 flights carrying up to 1,148 passengers are being made available between Sumburgh and the three main Scottish airports over the 18 day break from Friday 12 October.

The extra 17 return flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow will also coincide with the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival that takes place over four days from 10 to 14 October.

Loganair said they had made the move as a result of a surge in advance bookings for the Flybe service they operate.

Last year the airline added an extra 10 flights to and from Edinburgh and Glasgow due to the unexpected high demand.

Chief operating officer Phil Preston said: “As an airline, we continually monitor customer demand and endeavour to manage our schedule accordingly, which is why this increase comes during the October school break.”

The fares are available to book on or through the Air Discount Scheme on

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