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

LOGANAIR has launched a number of special fares for islanders that will further reduce fares already subsidised through the air discount scheme (ADS).

As of today (Monday) tickets starting for £50 one-way, including all taxes and charges, can be booked on selected flights.

People in Shetland will be able to benefit from some reduced fares on routes to Aberdeen and to Dundee, where tickets will cost £60 one way. The Sumburgh to Edinburgh and Glasgow routes are not part of the new scheme.

The airline said the new islander tickets were subject to availability and applicable only on selected flights.

Loganair’s chief commercial officer Luke Lovegrove said the airline has been working to find ways to help islanders to travel more frequently at reasonable cost.

Fuller flights will help to share the burden of increased running costs such as fuel, he added.

“We’ve listened to our customers and worked on a plan to deliver lower fares across several routes for the largest island communities we serve,” Lovegrove said.

“The new islander fares will be available up to the day of departure, unless sold out, so we’re encouraging our customers to book as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.”

The high cost of flying is a constant bone of contention in island communities, where the taking the plane for routine trips to the Scottish mainland is not a luxury but a necessity of life.

Loganair has also come under fire recently for the number of services that have been delayed or cancelled leaving travellers stranded, inconvenienced, and often out of pocket.

In an unprecedented move in May this year, Loganair’s chief executive Jonathan Hinkles apologised for the airline’s recent performance and promised to do better.

At the time Hinkles said that the airline was conscious about the cost of flying for islanders.

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The islander fares are as follows:

Routes effective 18 July 2022 Applicable
Aberdeen to/from Sumburgh From £60 o/w ADS members only
Edinburgh to/from Stornoway From £60 o/w ADS members only
Edinburgh to/from Kirkwall From £80 o/w ADS members only
Dundee to/from Sumburgh From £60 o/w ADS members only
Stornoway to/from Inverness From £50 o/w ADS members only

Only ADS eligible customers will be able to access the new fares. Customers will need to log-in to the ADS portal via Loganair’s website to view availability of these fares before then selecting specific flights.

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