End of a short-lived era: farewell to Flybe

The last jet left Sumburgh for Aberdeen on Sunday evening about an hour behind schedule. Photo: Ivan Reid

FLYBE’s Embraer 170 jet left Sumburgh Airport for the last time on Sunday evening after the budget airline decided to the discontinue its Shetland service after only four months.

The decision not only removes competition from the routes to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, but also the convenience of jet travelling.

Flybe had teamed up with eastern Airways to go into direct competition with former partner Loganair on 1 September 2017.

But in a move to cut its losses the airline announced last month to “withdraw from the route sooner rather than later”.