Speaking after meeting Loganair bosses in Glasgow, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said, "Loganair know they have real work to do that improves the reliability of Shetland's air services to the Scottish mainland. I recognise the work the company are doing to make this better."
Tavish Scott met Loganair Chief Executive Stuart Adams and his new Operations and Engineering bosses. Tavish added, "New people are in post and reliability is being worked on. The airline aims to have 85% of all flights landing and taking off within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. They want to do better than that and everyone who flies wants that too.
"I am pleased that Loganair are introducing a new cheaper fare for people travelling at the last minute due to a family bereavement. This will be introduced from September. The Facebook Fair Fares campaign led by Scott and Phoebe Preston has been really important in making the case for this and lower fares more generally.
"Loganair also need help from the Scottish Government's airport owner who run Sumburgh and other airports such as Inverness. Opening hours are critical to the performance of flights into Sumburgh in particular. I also raised the staff who check in passengers at Scottish mainland airports. I know from my family's experience that Edinburgh Airport does not work as well as it should. I welcome Loganair's attention on getting it right for passengers at check in particularly when there are delays are cancellations.
"Along with Shetland's shipping links to Aberdeen, the air service is crucial for people getting south for hospital appointments, business and leisure. So I will continue to press for improved service reliability and local fares and will work with local groups in Shetland to achieve that."