Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed the announcement by Loganair of a £15million investment in their services but said it must translate into improved reliability.
Liam McArthur MSP has continually raised the concerns of islanders over lifeline air services to and from the islands, including meeting with the CAA and securing support from the First Minister for his reliability campaign.
Despite the investment there have been a series of separate incidents involving Loganair flights, the most recent being an emergency landing by an aircraft on one engine last month in Shetland.
Commenting on the investment announcement, Mr McArthur said:
“The rise in Loganair’s turnover and profit stand in marked contrast to the fall in reliability on lifeline air services to and from Orkney. Over the festive period, disruption due to technical faults was again widespread.
“I recognise that investment in engineers, a new spares facility, plus refurbishing the Saab aircraft are positive steps, albeit hardly new news. However, with flights still being delayed and reliability still the major concern, the travelling public need to see Lognanair’s investment urgently being translated into improved performance.”