Posted on: 05 April 2011 by Mark Howells
Loganair has announced additional flights on its Shetland services to and from Sumburgh.
The airline, which operates its services to and from Shetland under a franchise agreement with Flybe, has added a further 60 flights between Sumburgh and Aberdeen to its summer timetable.
The additional services will operate between 17 June and 22 August, covering the school holidays and the Tall Ships Race, which has already led to a surge in bookings for flights to and from Shetland. Loganair has also announced four additional flights to and from Edinburgh in late July to accommodate demand for the world-famous sailing event. There will also be an extra 16 Aberdeen flights in October to accommodate increased demand during school holidays.
The new flights, says Loganair, will help to maintain availability of competitively-priced seats during the peak summer season. The high number of passengers booking in advance had already resulted in the cheaper seats available on each flight being sold out at an earlier stage than in previous years.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s chief operating officer, commented, “By adding more flights to our schedule, we’re responding to demand and doing our utmost to ensure that we retain availability of seats at competitive prices during the peak summer travel period. The massive increase in advance bookings is great news for Shetland and the Tall Ships Race, but we are also conscious that many of our regular passengers and key users such as NHS patient travel won’t yet have made bookings for the months of June, July and August.
“These extra services, together with more flights for the October holidays which we’re also announcing today, are designed to ensure that we provide sufficient seats at peak times to meet demand,” Hinkles added.