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Increase in Shetland services ahead of October school break

Edinburgh Airport welcomes Loganair, Scotland’s airline, adding extra flights to its Shetland service ahead of the busy school holidays in October.

The Flybe franchise partner will introduce a total of four additional flights between Scotland’s capital city and the Shetland Islands during the two-week school holiday period.

The increase in services between Edinburgh and the Shetland Islands follows an increase in advance bookings for Loganair, which celebrates 50 years in operation in 2012.

Schools on the Shetland Islands break for two weeks from Friday, October 12, and many islanders use this time to head off on an extended holiday via Edinburgh Airport.

Gordon Robertson, Head of Communications at Edinburgh Airport, said: “It’s good news for local businesses and tourism that there is such a high demand for flights between Shetland and Edinburgh and it’s great to see Loganair increasing the number of flights for the upcoming school holidays. We look forward to welcoming all those arriving here to spend their holidays in and around the Scottish capital.”

There is also a large influx of visitors to the islands during the October month, with tourists visiting the popular annual Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival (October 11-15) and Wool Week celebrations (October 8-14).

Commenting on the move, Loganair’s chief operating officer Phil Preston, said: “We are delighted with the early bookings in and out of Shetland – demand around school holidays and the festival have exceeded our expectations.

“With flights on several dates throughout October nearly fully booked and more people still wanting to travel, we have responded to this demand by adding four extra flights.”

Additional flights between Edinburgh and Shetland will operate on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 28.