Northern Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott have today welcomed the news that Loganair and British Airways have struck an agreement on an expanded codeshare.
Commenting on the news, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“This confirmation of an expanded codeshare agreement between Loganair and British Airways, going beyond the routes where the two companies already cooperate, is good news for local people and businesses in Orkney.
“Onward connections are a vital part of our lifeline services and I know many constituents have been concerned over recent weeks at the absence of news about the future of this codeshare. Ideally, it would have been helpful if this deal had been struck sooner but I welcome the fact that Loganair and BA have now agreed to expand their existing codeshare arrangement. This should open up more opportunities and make it easier for customers to book connecting flights to and from our islands.
“Given the importance of good connections, I hope that Flybe and Loganair can now agree a similar arrangement on the routes where they are not due to be competing. Striking such a deal would be in the interests of our island communities, but also benefit both Loganair and Flybe as well”.
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott added:
“Many Shetland folk and tourism businesses need codeshare between airlines. So Loganair’s deal with BA is good news. I expect Flybe to behave professionally and agree similar terms with Loganair. That would help islanders. It will be a further test of the impending changes from the beginning of September.”