Islanders mount campaign against high flight prices

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A Facebook campaign against the cost of flying to and from Scottish Islands has gained thousands of followers overnight.

The page, Islanders against Flybe & Loganair’s excessive prices, was set up by Shetland resident Scott Preston on Saturday night (6/6) and as of Sunday evening (7/7) has gathered over 3,500 followers.

The page has been inundated with posts from Isles residents sharing their own experiences of flying to and from Scottish islands.

Shetland Islands Council Political Leader Gary Robinson highlighted on the page that a return flight from Sumburgh airport in Shetland to Kirkwall airport in Orkney (85 miles) in July would cost over £154. This was £83 more expensive than a return flight from Lisbon to the Azores (850 miles), saying “this could make Shetland to Orkney mile-for-mile Europe’s most expensive flight”.

Preston is hoping that the page will raise the profile of the issue with the two airlines, saying “Those who live on Scottish islands deserve answers from LoganAir and I hope that they will respond to the legitimate and serious issues raised by those who have posted to the page. We are not interested in hearing generic comments from a spokesperson.”

Flybe have issued a response to a member of the group through Twitter to indicate that LoganAir are solely responsible for setting the prices on routes which they manage.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has previously clashed with LoganAir on the issue of ticket prices, most recently challenging the airline to lower ticket prices after the global price of oil fell.