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Transport / Flights able to be used for visiting folk south

Loganair's new ATR 42-500 aircraft at Sumburgh. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

LOGANAIR has clarified that people can fly to visit family and friends, as well as take the boat.

The airline also anticipates opening up its services to people travelling for leisure from 15 July as restrictions on tourism ease.

When Scotland moved into phase two of exiting lockdown last month it was confirmed that people could use the NorthLink ferries to visit friends and family.

Ferries can be used to visit friends as well as family, NorthLink confirms

Loganair has now confirmed that this applies to flying to and from the islands too.

Chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “All Loganair flights can be used by any passenger travelling for a purpose in line with the Scottish Government guidelines.

“If – for example – someone from Shetland wishes to visit relatives south, they can fly with us provided that their trip meets the Scottish Government requirements in relation to Covid-19.

“From 15 July, travel eligibility extends to leisure trips again in accordance with the latest Scottish Government advice.

“All flights can be booked now at www.loganair.co.uk right through to January 2021, and we are working to put our summer 2021 schedule on sale slightly earlier than usual, in recognition of the number of customers seeking to re-arrange deferred trips from Summer 2020 and enjoy travelling once again.”

Loganair also said that through using the government’s furlough scheme it has not had to make any redundancies during the pandemic.