Loganair/Flybe is to operate a new late night flight from Shetland to Edinburgh after a successful trial last winter.
The 7.50pm flight, which will touch down in the capital 90 minutes later, will be a permanent addition to winter and summer timetables.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s chief operating officer, said: “We recognise that Loganair provides a series of lifeline services for the people of Shetland and at present we have 18 flights each weekday linking Sumburgh with Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Kirkwall.
“This announcement ties in nicely as we approach the festive season and people are starting to think ahead to Christmas. By adding this later flight on a Friday, people are able to travel easily to the capital after work and travel back on flights over the weekend without having to use up any annual leave.
“Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most prominent and impressive shopping districts and also boasts a range of fantastic bars and restaurants which put together, all add up to a great weekend away. It will be possible to leave work in Lerwick on Friday at 5.30pm and still arrive in Edinburgh well before last orders in the city’s hundreds of pubs and bars.”