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Air services war beckons as Loganair faces direct competition on Stornoway route

6 June 2017

Eastern will operate under Flybe colours on the targeted routes from 1 September.

£50 standard tickets for a one-way flight from Stornoway to Glasgow are being offered by Eastern which is £16 cheaper than its established rival’s price.

Shetland and Orkney routes also face competition.

Up to three flights a day are promised on the Stornoway -Glasgow service.

Eastern already operates the Aberdeen - Stornoway service.

The move has shocked Loganair which is going solo after eight years under a similar partnership with Flybe. Prior to that it had a 14 year franchise with British Airways.

Flybe chief executive, Christine Ourmieres-Widener, said: "This alliance with Eastern Airways is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Flybe network.

“We already operate flights at a number of common airports and this will enable passengers to connect to a greater number of destinations, across the UK and into Europe.”

Richard Lake, chief executive of Eastern Airways, said: "This alliance will benefit both airlines as not only does it strengthen Flybe's network, but broadens our distribution and enhances connection opportunities for our customers through its global airline association.  

“We have specialised in fixed-wing flying in the oil and gas market for many years and our expertise will provide a greater opportunity to further develop offshore connectivity to Flybe's network.”

Loganair boss Jonathan Hinkles said the company was “extremely disappointed and surprised” at the move but would put up a fight.

 

 

Two airlines are joining forces to challenge Loganair on a number of Highlands and Island routes.

A new alliance between Flybe and Eastern Airways will go head-to-head with Loganair on its busiest services.