Campaigners from the Islanders Against Loganair and Flybe’s Excessive Prices Facebook group spent almost five hours with senior management from Loganair in Shetland on Thursday evening.
In attendance at the meeting were Loganair’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Adams; Director of Engineering, Barry Stone; Director of Revenue and Scheduling, Roy Bogle; Alistair Carmichael, MP (Orkney & Shetland); Steven Coutts, Vice Chair of Zetrans; Scott Preston (Campaign Founder) and Phoebe Preston.
A number of issues raised by group members were discussed and addressed by Loganair. Particular focus was given to Prices; Reliability and ‘Compassionate Services’ for Islanders attending hospitals and bereavements.
Scott Preston founder of the campaign after the meeting said he was “delighted that not only were Loganair willing to provide answers to many of the group’s questions but were also able to provide us with a much fuller understanding of the economics of running an airline”
Of particular interest to Islanders and their families throughout Scotland will be news that Loganair have agreed to work with the Facebook campaign members to create a comprehensive ‘compassionate discount’ scheme for Islanders requiring urgent flights for family emergencies such as critical hospital care and bereavements. Although the details are yet to be finalised, Loganair are seeking input directly from the Campaign members and it is hoped the scheme can be implemented very soon.
“A large number of group members had expressed concerns about the cost of travelling for unexpected family emergencies. Senior Management at Loganair showed their willingness to expand their current range of discounts in order to meet this need” said Preston.
“The outcomes of this meeting are extremely positive and we are pleased that Loganair have listened to the concerns of their passengers. As a result of our discussions we now have a far greater understanding of the issues and we look forward to continuing our campaign when we meet with the Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport and the Islands, Derek Mackay, in early July.”