Loganair has announced expansion plans from its Orkney base as part of its summer 2023 schedule, with a new route to London City Airport.
Orkney will also see Edinburgh schedules restored to pre-pandemic levels next summer, while its service to one of the UK’s smallest airports – Fair Isle, run by the National Trust for Scotland – will be re-established for the first time since March 2019 and a new same-flight service will see an international connection with Bergen.
Commencing from 4th April 2023, the new service to London City will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays. The new same-flight service stops over in Dundee en route, however passengers are not required to leave the plane, before landing in London City Airport.
The Edinburgh service will be restored to three flights per day including an early morning service departing from Kirkwall Airport at 07:30. The service, which lands in Edinburgh at 08:40, brings enhanced international connecting opportunities from Edinburgh Airport. The airline has also announced that its larger 48 seat ATR-42 aircraft will now service the route, increasing capacity from 34 seats on the previous Saab 340.
The Orkney to Fair Isle service will operate twice weekly, on a Monday and Friday. The island’s only tourist accommodation, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which was closed in March 2019 due to a fire in March 2019, is set to reopen to welcome tourists from next year. The route also provides same-day connections from Edinburgh and Aberdeen from May 2023.
Orkney’s international weekly service to Bergen will also recommence as part of summer 2023 plans, with a new same-flight service to Norway’s capital. Commencing from 13 May until 26 August, the Saturday service will stop in Sumburgh en route to Bergen, however passengers are not required to leave the plane.
Luke Lovegrove, chief commercial officer at Loganair, said: “We are thrilled to enhance connectivity within our summer 2023 schedule. The new service to London City, as well as the increase in service to Edinburgh, the reinstated route to Fair Isle and the international connection to Bergen, not only bolsters connectivity for the local community but additionally encourages tourists from across the UK and beyond to visit the wonders of Orkney.”
Kimberley Fisher, Kirkwall Airport manager, said: “Loganair’s new flights will offer the community more choice when it comes to travel and will also provide additional options for those wishing to visit Orkney, which in turn could provide a boost to the local economy.
“The connection with Edinburgh being restored to pre-pandemic levels and the return of flights to Fair Isle and Bergen, plus the addition of the London service are great indications that the aviation industry is emerging from the pandemic and reacting positively to pent up demand.”