SHETLAND’s crofting and farming community will not be represented at today’s NFU rally in Edinburgh after the morning flight out of Sumburgh was delayed by several hours.
Local NFU members Martin Burgess, Robert Nicolson and Cecil Eunson had all planned to join farmers from across the country in expressing their dismay over the government’s handling of the current subsidy payment crisis.
But when the overnight stopper BA6992 had no crew available on Thursday morning they had to cancel their plans.
The flight is currently scheduled to depart Sumburgh at 1pm, more than five hours after schedule.
A Loganair spokesman said: “Flight BE6992 was scheduled to depart for Edinburgh at 07:45 but is delayed until 12:45.
„This is due to the late arrival of the last flight back in to Sumburgh last night (Wednesday) which impacted crew working hours .
„The airline was able to book passengers with onward connections onto alternative services from Sumburgh to the mainland . Loganair would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said: “Despite their best efforts to attend the rally Loganair has foiled their plans.”
He reminded everyone waiting in departure lounge at Sumburgh that they were entitled to compensation under European regulations.
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