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News round-up / Two injured in car crash, dangerous driving, new routes for Loganair, passenger decline at Sumburgh

TWO people were taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital after a two vehicle collision on Friday.

According to Police Scotland, a man from a Vauxhall van and a woman in an Audi A1 car were injured in the collision on the single track Gott road at 11.50am.

Neither was thought to be seriously injured.


MEANWHILE, police are looking for witnesses to an alleged incident of dangerous driving on Saturday afternoon whereby a black Volkswagen Polo was driving too fast around the tight corner on the A970 near the golf course causing the rear end of the vehicle to enter the opposing carriageway and almost causing a collision with an oncoming vehicle.

The incident happened at around 3.30pm. Police can be contacted at the Lerwick police station or via the 101 telephone number. 


SHETLAND’s lifeline airline Loganair is to serve routes that were supplied by its analogue company flybmi, which ceased operations on Saturday.

Both companies are owned by the same holding company, Airline Investments.

Loganair said on Sunday that it would be taking over five flybmi air routes, with Aberdeen to Bristol, Esbjerg and Stavanger flights commencing on 4 March. Additional services from Newcastle to Stavanger and Brussels will start on 25 March. Tickets will be on sale from 18 February.

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “ We are evaluating flybmi’s wider network and assessing routes which align with Loganair’s distinct geographical area and overall strategic plans.

“We are also working on employment opportunities for pilots, cabin crew and engineering support staff to strengthen the Loganair team.”

Flybmi, which was the trading name of bmi Regional, flew to 25 cities. It blamed Brexit uncertainty and rises in fuel and carbon costs for it filing for administration on Saturday.


SUMBURGH airport saw a 8.5 per cent dip in passenger numbers last year compared with 2017 due to a drop in offshore traffic.

According to Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which operates the airport, Sumburgh saw passenger numbers fall to 372,064 from 406,537 in 2017. This reflected a reduction in helicopter traffic as oil and gas firms altered flight patterns to support their offshore operations.

Inverness Airport continued to see a rise in passengers with an increase of 1.8 per cent, up to 903,157 in 2018 from 887,123 in 2017. Overall passenger numbers for HIAL’s airports fell 0.7 per cent at 1,762,871 in 2018

HIAL managing director Inglis Lyon said: “Inverness Airport continues to grow and is playing an ever more important role in improving connectivity to and from the Highlands.

“HIAL will continue to invest in our airports and we continuously work to improve and enhance the passenger experience for all those who use our facilities.”

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