23rd May 2018
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Loganair apologises for delays suffered by air travellers to and from isles

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Loganair has apologised to passengers for any delays on services to and from the Northern Isles as a knock-on effect of transatlantic flights being re-routed to avoid the volcanic ash cloud west of the Hebrides.

The company’s commercial director, Jonathan Hinkles, said all flights were operating as planned but some were continuing to be affected by air traffic control restrictions.

He said: “At this time, there is no indication that volcanic ash will have any adverse effect on Loganair’s services for the remainder of today.

“However, the re-routing of a significant number of transatlantic flights into Scottish airspace to avoid the volcanic ash cloud across the mid-Atlantic is causing the air traffic control delays referred to above.

“Loganair wishes to apologise to customers whose flights have been affected by these delays.   We are doing everything that we can to work with the air traffic control agencies to minimise the disruption to our services.

“We recommend that customers continue to check the Flybe website for further information before setting out for the airport.”

Meanwhile, Loganair customers are being advised imminent strike action by British Airways cabin crew will have no impact on flights to or from the isles.

Fourteen Loganair routes linking Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with Shetland and Orkney, as well as the Western Isles, operate under a codeshare agreement with British Airways.
However the services are operated by Loganair aircraft and crews and, as such, the planned strike action will not affect the operation of those services.

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About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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