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LOGANAIR will be introducing a reduced baggage allowance of 15 kilos on all of its standard fares booked as of next week.

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles in Lerwick on Wednesday. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

Managing director, Jonathan Hinkles, told a meeting of the Shetland external transport forum, held in Lerwick on Wednesday, that the airline didn’t expect the change to affect many customers.

“Looking at it, the average weight of a bag checked in at a Loganair flight is nine kilos, so we are not expecting this to have a major impact,” he said.

“On the Fly Flex, the middle ticket price [category], the allowance is getting up from 20 to 23 kilos.”

The move, however, suffered some backlash on social media from people who believe the reduced baggage allowance on standard tickets is unfair.

Hinkles, meanwhile, also confirmed that the airline was on track to start replacing its Saab 2000 and 340s aircraft with larger ATR42 planes.

He said the ATRs would be in service by next summer as pilots have embarked on training courses and the company’s engineers were to follow suit.

Hinkles said the introduction of the aircraft would result in more seats being available at lower fares.

The ATR42 will be able to carry 48 passengers compared to 33 on the smaller Saab 340s.

Flying larger planes will not result in fewer flights, according to the airline boss.

“We are expecting to maintain the frequency of the flights that we have at the moment,” he said.