Stornoway to Aberdeen flights will stop on October 26

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Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has hit out at the decision of Eastern Airways to cancel its Aberdeen to Stornoway service.

No formal announcement has been made, but customers trying to book a flight with Eastern Airways are being told by customer service agents that there are no flights after October 26th, or for the remainder of the year.

Alasdair Allan said: “This is yet more disappointing news for users of the Aberdeen to Stornoway service.

“I have not received any communication from Eastern Airways.

“However, people wishing to book the service over the phone are being told that the service ends on October 26th.

“The decision to end this service with less than three weeks notice and no consultation contrasts sharply with past statements the company has made about being dedicated to the route and serving the islands.

It was only in March that they announced an increase to the number of Aberdeen flights before reversing this decision within the space of a few months. There have also been serious complaints about reliability.

“The Aberdeen service is an important one, especially to those islanders who work in the oil and gas sector.

“I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson MSP, to express my concern about this state of affairs and I have also written to Loganair to ask if they would consider an Aberdeen – Stornoway service.”

The Gazette tried to contact Eastern Airways for more information on this matter, but so far, no one from the company is available for comment.