LOGANAIR’S timetable for next summer will include one-stop services from Shetland to Manchester and the Faroe Islands, while direct flights to Bergen will operate for an extended period.
The announcement, two days after the airline confirmed it was severing its ties with budget airline Flybe, was described by Loganair managing director as a “statement of intent”.
There will be a second weekly summer service between Sumburgh and Bergen, with the service running for an extended period beginning on 13 May and ending on 2 September.
In addition to its existing Saturday flight, a second weekly non-stop service will run on Tuesdays.
Loganair is also restoring an air link with the Faroe Islands. The same-plane, one-stop service will go between Sumburgh and Vagar with a stopover in Aberdeen where customers will clear customs and immigration.
The overall journey time will be around three and a half hours, and fares for Air Discount Scheme (ADS) members on the Faroe route will start from £59.99 each way.
The Faroe link will initially run seasonally from 26 May until September, but Loganair said it would monitor uptake in the hope of rolling out a year-round schedule to Vagar.
Services to Glasgow are being increased with the introduction of the larger 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft on the majority of flights – seven of the 11 weekly round trips.
In addition, one of the daily services from Sumburgh to Glasgow will continue on to Manchester, creating a “new same-plane service that will cut both journey times and fares versus the connections offered today”.
The journey will take just over three hours, with fares for ADS members starting at £57.38 each way.
Hinkles said: “Our expansion for 2017 is carefully designed to expand the range of services and number of seats on offer at Sumburgh whilst continuing to build on the significant improvements in punctuality and reliability that we’ve achieved in recent months.
“I’m delighted to be announcing more flights to Bergen and adding new convenient links for Shetland to the Faroe Islands and Manchester.”
He said the summer scheduled was a “very clear statement of intent of our commitment to Shetland as we announce our transition from the Flybe franchise arrangements to become an independent operator from 1 September 2017.”
Hinkles added: “As Scotland’s airline, Loganair is strengthening its network and adding more seats and more flights than ever before and we’re looking forward to a bright future.”
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