Loganair has announced plans for a new route between London City and Kirkwall airport in Orkney.

The three-and-a-half-hour service will route via Dundee, with passengers not being required to leave the aircraft during the stopover.

Flights will operate twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, as part of expanded schedules to and from Orkney next summer.

Orkney-Edinburgh services will be restored to pre-pandemic levels, with three flights per day including a 0730 departure from Kirkwall and an 1815 departure from Edinburgh.

In addition Loganair will resume flights between Orkney and Fair Isle in May 2023, for the first time since March 2019, and will also offer an Orkney-Bergen service (via Sumburgh).

Commenting on the news 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.

In other news Loganair is to increase seat capacity on its Birmingham-Aberdeen service by 30 per cent next summer, by deploying larger aircraft on the route. Lovegrove said that “As we see growing demand across a number of services, we are thrilled to expand our offering”.

It was recently announced that Loganair’s current owners are looking to sell the airline, with CEO Jonathan Hinkles stating that “after 25 years of involvement in Loganair including the last ten years as sole owners, our shareholders Stephen and Peter Bond are working to find a new custodian for Scotland’s Airline”.

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