Highlands and Islands MSP and Labour Transport Spokesperson, David Stewart, who had written to the Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, asking that serious consideration be given to convening roundtable cross Party talks with the MSPs who signed his letter requesting the meeting, in relation to on going reliability issues with Loganair, has now secured a date for this meeting, which is to be Thursday, December 3rd.
David Stewart said: “I am glad that the Minister has seen the seriousness of the situation relating to the issues currently surrounding Flybe/Loganair and has agreed to convene a cross Party meeting with the Highlands and Islands MSPs who jointly signed my letter requesting a meeting.
“People having to use this life line service are now seriously concerned about their safety.
“It is vitally important that we, as a group of Highland MSPs across Parties, seek reassurances from the Chief Executive of Loganair, that all these incidents will be addressed as a matter of the utmost urgency and passenger safety will not be compromised in any way.”
“Just yesterday there was another incident at Glasgow Airport, when a Loganair flight had to make an emergency landing.
“It is my understanding that there were no passengers on board and the flight was a maintenance one. However, this is the fourth incident in two weeks and action needs to be taken.”
It was reported yesterday that concerns about Loganair’s service to the Islands was raised at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament when Orkney MSP Liam MacArthur had called for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s personal intervention.
The First Minister answered that she wwas more than happy to make the Scottish Government’s views know directly to the chief executive of the company.
The company recently recruited industry veteran Maurice Boyle as its Director of Operations, a move which they say will improve their performance.