A meeting with cross party MSPs and Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay recently took place to discuss ongoing issues concerning Loganair, the Scottish regional airline.
Loganair’s service levels have been mixed in recent times with many customers experiencing an increase in flights being delayed.
Talking about the issue Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon, who was part of the group who met with the Minister, said: “The meeting was very productive and I am pleased that Loganair and the Minister are communicating about this important issue. It is important that we retain confidence in the quality of this lifeline service for island communities in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. The Minister has promised to provide us with an update on progress on reliability and delays in the new year.”
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart, who had called for cross party support to meet with Mr Mackay, added: “I first of all thank the Minister for agreeing to meet with myself and my colleagues a to discuss this serious issue. I was handed a letter sent on behalf of the Chief Executive of Loganair, Stewart Adams, inviting me to a meeting with him to discuss the concerns that I have raised.
“The Minister, Derek Mackay, informed those present, that the Chief Executive of Loganair had advised him that much of the problems with the organisations aircraft had been caused by a combination of higher than expected turnover of Engineering staff. We were advised that the company recognised many of the issues raised by customers, politicians and others and they gave an undertaking to address all the outstanding issues.
“Further training plans have been introduced, new appointed Engineers have been recruited and Senior Management has been strengthened.
“I look forward to my meeting with Stewart Adams, the Chief Executive of Loganair, to discuss these lifeline flight service routes to and from our islands. During discussions I will ask the Chief Executive about any plans the organisation have for new replacement aircraft for the older Saab aircraft currently in use.”