Flybe is abandoning its service from Stornoway to Glasgow next month but dramatically increasing flights between Aberdeen and Stornoway.

Flybe franchise partner Eastern Airways is to add 12 flights a week including  a new Sunday service between Aberdeen and Stornoway – starting on Monday 5th March.

The new service will link to London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham via Aberdeen - and to the rest of world via long-haul codeshare partners.

Flybe’s Glasgow to Stornoway flights operated by Eastern Airways will be discontinued from Sunday 4th March and all customers affected will be re-routed at no additional cost or have the option of a full refund .

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The frequency added by our franchise partner, Eastern Airways, on the service it has been operating for 12 years between Aberdeen and Stornoway provides more choice with options for day returns and weekend breaks.

“It will also maintain the much valued connectivity to and from mainland Scotland. This will enhance the opportunities to connect with Flybe’s flights from Aberdeen that include those to London Heathrow as well as to our Manchester and Birmingham hubs.

“We are naturally disappointed that passenger volumes on the Glasgow to Stornoway route have remained below the level needed to make it commercially viable for either Flybe or Eastern Airways.”

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has expressed his disappointment at Flybe and Eastern Airways’ decision to end their Stornoway to Glasgow service.

He said: “Earlier this morning I spoke to Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer about this decision.

“It is disappointing that competition on the Stornoway to Glasgow route did not become a long-term fixture. However, this was not unexpected news, as both companies seemed to be focused on pushing each other off this route, rather than on providing islanders with a wider choice of times of the day to fly at.

“This has caused more than a few issues in terms of timetabling and airport arrangements. I very much hope that Flybe’s competitor, Loganair, will now ensure there is the capacity that their island customers need, and stay away from the option of increasing fares. I will be writing to Loganair to seek assurances on this very point.

“The news about Flybe’s services between Stornoway and Aberedeen appears to be more welcome, and I have asked the company to check that the revised timetable works better for islanders working offshore in the oil industry than the old one did, as this has long been a major problem in the past.”

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