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A flight arriving at Sumburgh on Thursday after setting off from Heathrow, and stopping at Dundee before heading north again. Photo: Loganair

LOGANAIR is celebrating winning yet another award after having been named Domestic Airline of the Year by the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA).

It follows hard on the heels of being named Airline of the Year for 2023 by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) just three weeks ago.

Airline boss Jonathan Hinkles said the announcement marked the end of a successful year for the airline, during which Loganair also scooped the Regional Airline of the Year award at the CAPA (Centre for Aviation) Aviation Awards for Excellence.

“Winning the SPAA Domestic Airline of the Year award for the second year in a row is a tremendous achievement, and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our incredible team,” Hinkles said.


Meanwhile, islanders continue to suffer from a high number of flights in and out Shetland being delayed or cancelled such as Thursday’s morning flight from Edinburgh, with passengers being moved to a Dundee service only for that aircraft also to go ‘technical’.

The afternoon flight from Glasgow to Sumburgh today (Friday) was cancelled for operational reason.

A NUMBER of drop-in events will be held later this month across Shetland to gather people’s views on the local network of community councils.

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of these events, at which council officers will be able to discuss any queries about the ongoing community council review and take feedback on the proposed boundaries options. The meetings are as follows:

  • Whalsay Junior High School – Tuesday 14 November 2023, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Aith Public Hall – Wednesday 15 November 2023, 5pm – 8pm
  • Brae High School – Thursday 16 November 2023, 5pm – 8pm
  • Mid Yell Junior High School – Monday 20 November 2023, 5pm – 8pm
  • Scalloway Public Hall – Wednesday 22 November 2023, 5pm – 8pm
  • Cunningsburgh Public Hall – Tuesday 28 November 2023, 5pm – 8pm
  • Islesburgh Community Centre (Room 16), Lerwick – Thursday 30 November 2023, 5pm – 8pm

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For residents of Fair Isle, Fetlar, Foula, Papa Stour and Skerries, an online meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams from 7pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 29 November.

Island residents are asked to contact Michael Duncan, community council liaison officer, via michael.duncan@shetland.gov.uk to request a Teams link to join the meeting.

MORE than seven bands will come together to get into the festive spirit at a gig at the Gulberwick Hall called ‘Riffmas 2023’.

On the bill at the 16 December event are acts including Ten Tonne Dozer, The Fiction, Trowsholm and Big Time Quell.

Tickets priced at £15 can be bought online.

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