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A Loganair flight preparing to take off from Sumburgh Airport. Photo: Shetland News

FLIGHTS connecting Sumburgh with Dundee and London City Airport got underway this morning (Monday).

The Loganair service operates twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays, allowing islanders to head to London in three and a half hours via Dundee.

Promote Shetland’s Adam Civico was on hand to greet passengers going on the northbound flight from London – with a bag of the local Puffin Poo confectionery.

Kay Ryan, chief commercial officer at Loganair, said: “This new direct service between London City Airport and Shetland allows for quick and easy access to two of the UK’s most popular destinations for the first time.

“Likewise, the new Dundee route brings connectivity to the east coast of Scotland, allowing travellers to explore all that the city has on offer but also allowing further access to nearby coastal towns such as St Andrews.”

THE SCOTTISH Government has requested more time to consider a planning application related to the SaxaVord Spaceport in Unst.


The application in question relates to turning the former Valhalla Brewery building into a launch and range control centre.

Due to their nature, all applications related to the spaceport need to be referred to Scottish ministers after being given approval by the council.

The government notified the council on 5 May that it needed more time to consider whether or not to call in the application for its own determination.

The Lerwick Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

THE LERWICK lifeboat was launched on Saturday afternoon to assist police and coastguard in the search for a young female after concern was raised when she had been seen on the clifftops at the Knab.

Following a thorough search of the cliffs and along the coastline using the lifeboat’s y-boat nothing was found and the search stood down at 5.15pm.

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A spokesperson for the lifeboat station said they would like to discourage anyone from climbing the boundary fence or the wall along the Knab.

“The sloping grassy banks can be slippy, and some areas of the clifftop can have a lot of loose rocks. Please stay safe inside the fence or wall and keep to the path.”

THE A970 at Levenwick was briefly blocked on Friday morning following two-vehicle road traffic collision.

No one was injured and the road was clear again once both vehicles were removed from the road. The accident happened at 11.40 am.

THE VALUE of farmed salmon export from Scotland has recovered to pre-pandemic figures, according to figures releases by HM Customs and Revenue.

According to this data Scottish salmon is the UK’s biggest fresh food export with an overseas sales value of £614 million in 2021, only marginally below the £618m record figure of 2019.

Chief executive of trades body Salmon Scotland Tavish Scott said: “The incredibly encouraging export figures demonstrate the resilience of our industry and are testament to the hard work and dedication of farmers during the Covid pandemic.”

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