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Aberdeen runway damage causes isles disruption

Flybe and partner Eastern Airways had to put on an extra flight on Monday morning to make up for disruption to their schedule. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

THERE has been disruption to Shetland flights after damage was found on a runway at Aberdeen Airport on Sunday.

A southbound Flybe flight to Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon had to turn back and return to Sumburgh, causing a knock-on effect to the airline’s schedule – including a flight from Aberdeen from Sumburgh early on Monday morning which was cancelled.

Flybe said an additional flight was put in place on Monday to “fully recover” its schedule.

Rival airline Loganair also suffered delays on Sunday as ground crew at Aberdeen dealt with the damage, which is thought to have been a hole in the tarmac.

An Aberdeen Airport spokesperson said: “We are currently experiencing disruption to services due to damage to a very small section of tarmac at the north end of the runway.

“This minor damage has since been repaired and the runway is now fully operational. This has resulted in delays to a number of arrivals and departures. We would advise passengers to check with their airline for updated flight information before travelling to the airport.”

A Flybe spokesperson added: “Flybe can confirm that flights operated on its behalf by Eastern Airways yesterday and this morning between Sumburgh and Aberdeen were disrupted due to operational reasons as a knock-on effect following yesterday’s closure of Aberdeen Airport.

“Flybe would like to sincerely apologise to those customers who were inconvenienced.

“The airline can confirm that an additional flight operated by Eastern Airways operated this morning to fully recover the schedule and to ensure that normal operations resume without further undue delay.”