Service to be withdrawn

Flybe grounds ‘disappointing’ Shetland flights

Flybe contributed

Flybe said the Shetland passenger numbers had fallen

Regional airline Flybe will withdraw its Shetland flights next month as falling passenger numbers meant the service was no longer sustainable.

Following a detailed review, Flybe will stop flying to and from Sumburgh Airport from 8 January.

Customers who have booked beyond that date will be offered full refunds or alternative bookings with Loganair.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said: “Serving Scotland is one of the most important parts of the Flybe business and we are extremely disappointed to have had to take this decision.

“We entered the market with a strong commitment to offer a faster more comfortable service with more choice, which delivered on the long overdue lowering of fares that islanders have been calling for, for so many, many years.”

The airline said that since it began offering flights from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow to Sumburgh, fares have fallen by between 20% and 40%.

Mr Matheson added: “After looking at all factors, having driven down prices on the three Shetland routes, passenger numbers have been disappointing.

“We promised to evaluate the situation, which is what we have now done. The outcome, with sincerest regret, is that rather than continue to persevere, we withdraw from the route sooner rather than later.”

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