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Transport / Kirkwall stop-off to be introduced on some Edinburgh flights in April

LOGANAIR is introducing another temporary circular route involving Sumburgh Airport as a result of delays in new aircraft arriving to its fleet.

A Loganair ATR42 aircraft arriving at Sumburgh. Photo: Shetland News

During April, some Sunday to Thursday flights to and from Edinburgh will include stop-offs in Kirkwall.

The morning circular route will be Edinburgh, Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Edinburgh and the evening route will be Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Sumburgh, Edinburgh.

This mirrors the set-up which has been in place between Sumburgh-Kirkwall-Aberdeen in mornings and evenings since February.

The Sumburgh-Kirkwall-Aberdeen circular route had been due to come to an end at the start of March but it was extended to the end of the month.

A spokesperson for Loganair said: “Due to the delayed arrival of new aircraft into the Loganair fleet, Sunday to Thursday services between Edinburgh, Kirkwall and Sumburgh will follow a temporary circular route through the month of April, with a brief stop on one segment of the route.

“We understand that schedule changes are never welcome and apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.

“We want to reassure people that these changes are temporary and are part of the proactive measures we are introducing to protect the frequency of routes to the islands while we await the delivery of new aircraft.”

Earlier this month new Loganair CEO Luke Farajallah said his first priority was to stabilise operations and improve reliability.

He said new ATR planes were due to arrive in April, May and June, completing a fleet renewal programme.

Farajallah said the operational plan to bring in the ATR aircraft was “quite often overtaken by factors outside of the airline’s control”.

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