Responding to news that Flybe is to cease operating their Kirkwall-Aberdeen flights from Sunday 4th March 2018, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“Ever since Flybe took the decision late last year to end its Shetland services, this announcement has seemed a matter of time. The loss of competition is disappointing, but over the longer term it did risk undermining the viability of both Flybe and Loganair. Given the lifeline nature of these routes, that was not a risk anyone in Orkney could afford.
“I have received assurances from Flybe representatives that those with flights already booked after 4 March will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to transfer onto a suitable Loganair service. I have also urged the airline to look at re-establishing the connections that were lost when Flybe and Loganair went into competition last September.
“In addition, I have made clear to Loganair that islanders will be watching carefully to see how the company responds. Any move to increase fares or exploit the situation on these lifeline routes would be rightly condemned. Loganair’s Managing Director, Jonathan Hinkles has told me that this is not his intention and that Loganair has plans to deliver a number of improvements, similar to the pledges made to the Shetland community. I look forward to seeing the details of this over the coming weeks.”