Loganair services en route to normality
Loganair, the company that provides air services to and from the islands, have announced an expansion in the number of flights available on the back of an ease on travel restrictions.
Over the coming weeks additional services will be introduced in a welcome sign that things are slowly starting to get back to normality.
It follows the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of changes to Covid-19 rules on travel to and from Scotland’s island communities, which will allow non-essential travel to take place.
Loganair say they have continued to serve every island community throughout the pandemic and maintaining scheduled links for essential passenger travel, delivering mail and parcels, flying contracts for oil and gas companies and providing dedicated air ambulance capability for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
A number of passenger-scheduled services have been maintained with Transport Scotland support to ensure that lifeline routes have remained open.
Now Loganair has announced an increased schedule to re-build its connectivity, assuring customers that its FlySafe healthy flying protocols will remain in place for as long as necessary or advisable.
From the 3rd of May weekday evening services linking Glasgow with Campbeltown, Islay and Stornoway all resume and from 24th May dedicated Glasgow-Benbecula services will resume at weekends, which have been shared with Stornoway during the pandemic.
From 1st June Edinburgh-Stornoway flights resume, initially on Mondays and Fridays before building up to a daily service and
Inverness-Stornoway services move from one to two flights each weekday, restoring a day return capability in each direction
Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We know many of our customers have been waiting for our services to either resume or indeed start in some cases. As the UK’s largest regional airline our network provides much needed connections from the islands to mainland Scotland and beyond. We are delighted that travel for both leisure and business will be permitted from Monday 26 April and we look forward to our passengers returning to the skies.”