Loganair is introducing an extra flight between Sumburgh and Aberdeen on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays in anticipation of a busy summer season.
The new lunchtime flight, beginning on Thursday 14th June, will leave Aberdeen at 12.55pm (arriving in Sumburgh at 2pm) and depart Sumburgh at 2.30pm (arriving in Aberdeen at 3.30pm).
Loganair said the timing of the flights, operated by Flybe, offered excellent connections at Aberdeen to and from Flybe and British Airways services throughout the UK and beyond.
The new flights are already on sale at www.flybe.com and will operate until late October, enabling the airline to offer a wider range of seats at its lowest fares on the key Sumburgh-Aberdeen route.
With the benefit of the Air Discount Scheme, one-way flights from Sumburgh can be booked from £37.21 including all taxes while a return journey from Sumburgh to Aberdeen, again including all taxes, starts from £82.27.
Another change, starting on Monday 11th June, will see both morning and afternoon flights to Inverness on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays stopping at Kirkwall, increasing the number of weekly flights to Orkney from seven to 10 and reinstating day returns in both directions on these days.
Loganair reduced its flight schedule on the Sumburgh-Kirkwall-Inverness route last autumn due to a combination of high operating costs, increasing fuel prices and declining passenger numbers. However, following the successful conclusion of negotiations with airport operator HIAL, the company said it had become economically viable to reinstate many of the services.
A Loganair spokesman said: “Extra services to Aberdeen over the summer season will increase the number of seats available at our lowest fares and improve travel connections to and from Shetland.
“At the same time, our changes to the links to Orkney and Inverness have been made in direct response to customer feedback and we’re pleased to be supporting links between the islands in addition to maintaining excellent links between Shetland and Inverness.”