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Transport / Loganair flying to Heathrow will open up worldwide connectivity, airline boss says

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

SHETLAND passengers will soon be able to fly to London’s Heathrow – via Dundee – after Loganair gained additional access to slots at the airport.

Heathrow will replace the existing terminus for Shetland flights – the smaller London City – from 7 May subject to government approval.

Loganair confirmed to Shetland News that the fares would be similar to the London City service.

The route was confirmed today (Monday) after Loganair announced its intention to move the Public Service Obligation (PSO) air service linking Dundee Airport, where the airline’s same-plane service from Sumburgh to the UK capital stops, into Heathrow.

Shetland-boarding passengers are not required to disembark at Dundee.

Destinations across Europe, Middle East, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia ranging from Singapore and Hong Kong through to Buenos Aires and Budapest will all be available through Loganair’s growing range of airline partnerships, including with British Airways.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “The move to Heathrow truly is a gamechanger for Shetland’s air links.

“Alongside excellent ground transport links into central London, the new range of global flight connections will bring new inward investment opportunities and tourism into the islands, together with enabling travellers from Shetland to use their local airport to fly worldwide for the first time.”

Heathrow chief commercial officer Ross Baker said: “Welcoming further Loganair services to Heathrow is exciting, with UK passengers and businesses set to benefit from hundreds of onward connections around the world.

“Our domestic charging discounts will continue to support further growth in our domestic network – which is vital to strengthen our role as the UK’s hub airport, helping to level-up investment across the country, while connecting more people and businesses to global growth.”

Andrew Farquhar, general manager at Sumburgh Airport, said: “This is a positive decision in terms of air travel from Sumburgh, and opens up a world of onward connectivity opportunities from Heathrow for people traveling from the airport.

“Whether you are looking to follow in the footsteps of Detective Jimmy Perez, discover some Viking heritage or explore the amazing beaches and wildlife that the islands have to offer, Shetland has something for everyone. The new links are a great opportunity for anyone looking to explore Shetland.”

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