LOGANAIR has appointed a new managing director as it continues its quest to improve punctuality and reliability.
Jonathan Hinkles, who previously worked with the embattled airline as chief operating officer, will take up the post in late June.
He will replace Stewart Adams, who quit the Scottish flight operator in April for personal reasons.
Hinkles said that Loganair has “long prided itself on offering a quality, customer-focused service to the Highlands and Islands, as well as many other parts of the UK and beyond”.
Chairman David Harrison added that Hinkles, who has more recently been working with Virgin Atlantic, would help Loganair as it continues to concentrate on boosting reliability.
“He joins at an important time for the company, as we continue to implement previously announced initiatives to ensure punctuality and customer service are fully returned to the levels our customers have rightly come to expect over many years,” Harrison said.
Loganair, who operate flights in Scotland on behalf of franchise partner Flybe, has repeatedly been criticised for its high number of delays and technical faults.
Last year the company admitted it was failing on punctuality targets, with one in four flights up to September 2015 being delayed by 15 minutes or more.
In November Maurice Boyle was appointed operations director, while a £6 million spares hub was launched at Glasgow Airport.
The first of 13 planes to be “completely transformed” as part of a £3.5 million renewal programme for its fleet of Saab 340 aircraft meanwhile was unveiled in February this year.
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