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Transport / Loganair to suspend flights between Sumburgh and Dundee for two months due to ‘market conditions’

It means the one-plane service from Shetland to London Heathrow will also be suspended

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

LOGANAIR says it is stopping flights linking Sumburgh with Dundee and London Heathrow in January and February due to “soft market conditions”.

Services between Sumburgh and Dundee will be suspended between 9 January and 27 February inclusive.

This means that the one-plane service from Sumburgh to Dundee and then onto London Heathrow is temporarily being stopped, despite only being introduced last year.

The decision from Loganair is also affecting Kirkwall-Dundee-Heathrow services.

A spokesperson for Loganair said: “Despite considerable efforts underway to reduce costs, including those forced upon us by NATS for air traffic control services, the current soft market conditions regrettably mean that services between Dundee and Kirkwall and Dundee and Sumburgh will be suspended between 9 Jan 2024 and 27 Feb 2024 inclusive.

“Services from Kirkwall and Sumburgh to London Heathrow are also affected by this decision. Loganair remains fully committed to these routes for the period outside these dates and we continue to work closely with all our partners to safeguard remaining services.

“Customers will be contacted with alternative options.”

The news was announced on the same day Loganair said it had won another ‘Airline of the Year’ award.

Last month Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles echoed concern from across the industry after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave National Air Traffic Services (NATS) the go-ahead to increase charges for air operators.

The CAA said the average charge for the period 2023 to 2027 inclusive is forecast to change by 26 per cent compared with 2022.

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