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Eastern Airways has been criticised for chaing the timings of their Monday flight from Stornoway to Aberdeen.


Many oil workers use the Monday morning service to and from Aberdeen as it gets them to the granite city in time to catch a helicopter out to rigs the same day.


But the flight is switching to an afternoon service it has emerged.


MSP Alasdair Allan said the change would cause “considerable disruption” to island offshore workers.


Given that the majority of the people using this service will be working in the oil industry, it seems “incredibly ill-thought out” to propose a change that would result in many offshore workers missing their helicopter connections, he added.


“It also poses significant challenges to anyone trying to work a five-day week in Aberdeen.

“I have been in touch with the company many times over the years over timetabling issues and it does seem that Eastern Airways should be doing much more when it comes to consulting the people who actually use the service.


“I hope the company will listen to the common sense case being made and retain the Monday morning flight.”


Criticism over oil workers’ flight timing

17 February 2017