Saturday 2 March 2024
 4.9°C   E Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

News / Eyebrows raised as family faced with paying £1k for return flights to Sumburgh

Loganair says higher fares when planes are near full capacity are ‘standard across the industry’

A FAMILY is said to have been left “gobsmacked” after return flights from Glasgow to Shetland for two adults and an infant were priced at more than £1,000.

The flights in question were for a flight from Glasgow to Sumburgh on 27 June, with the return on 1 July.

A screenshot of the ticket prices were put on social media by local man Andrew Simpson.

He said two friends of his were wanting to visit Shetland with their seven-month old child.

In response, Loganair said on Twitter that the price of tickets rises as flights fill up.

“Our flights are on sale on a 10-month rolling pattern,” a representative said.

“Customers do book in advance as soon as flights go on sale and these flights are already busy hence the costs.

“This is the first week of school holidays so also a peak travel period.

“The basic premise though is always to book in advance to secure a good fare.”

A media spokesperson for Loganair said: “These flights, which take place during the peak school holiday period, are almost at full capacity resulting in higher fares.

“This is standard across the industry. Flying out with school holidays and/or booking early reduces the cost substantially. For example there are return flights in July that are over £300 less than the price shown here. There is also an option to fly from another airport for example, if possible.

“Our Aberdeen to Sumburgh route is a cheaper alternative option.”

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart said it is a simple thing in life to want to visit family and friends, and the time of year should not mean that flight costs spiral to “eye-watering” sums.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

“Islanders rely on these flights while many of us have heard family and friends say they won’t come north to visit because it costs too much.

“Tourism can also be stifled if seasonable costs are unmanageable.

“Passengers want a reliable and affordable service.”

People living in Shetland, and other Scottish island communities as well some remoter parts of the Scottish mainland can get 50 per cent off the fares through the government-subsidised Air Discount Scheme.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.