Posted on: 15 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Loganair is introducing the first-ever regular Sunday flights from Glasgow to the islands of Barra and Tiree as a seasonal service this summer.
The airline, which operates its scheduled services under a franchise agreement with Flybe, will add the new services between 3 July and 28 August 2011. Both services are timed to provide connections via Glasgow to UK regional and London-bound services operated by Flybe and Loganair’s codeshare partner British Airways.
The service to Tiree will leave Glasgow at 14:00, arriving at 14:50 and then departing from Tiree at 15:10 and landing into Glasgow at 16:00. It will be operated with 33-seat Saab 340Bs. The flights operate three hours after the timings of the regular weekday and Saturday schedule to allow passengers the opportunity to enjoy a full weekend break at their destination before heading home.
Loganair’s 15-seat Twin Otter aircraft will operate the two roundtrip flights between Glasgow and Barra each Sunday. The services will depart Glasgow at 11:45 and 14:55 and leave Barra at 13:15 and 16:25, although timings may change subject to tides on Traigh Mor beach, which is used as the landing strip.
Commenting on the new service, Loganair’s chief operating officer Jonathan Hinkles said, “We are delighted to be adding the new flights to meet peak summer travel demand, and expect that the services will prove popular with travellers, who up to now have had to use the Oban ferry if they wish to travel on a Sunday.”
The new Sunday services are in addition to the Monday to Saturday flights on the Glasgow–Tiree and Glasgow–Barra routes mandated by the Scottish Government under the PSO air service scheme. However, Loganair is undertaking the new service at its own commercial risk and will receive no additional subsidy for the Sunday flights.