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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement by Loganair that it will enhance air services and passenger experience to and from the Western Isles.
Loganair said that from the end of last month, all four of its weekday Glasgow to Stornoway services will be operated by the Embraer 145 jet, which has been cutting flight times to as little as 30 minutes since its introduction in January.
And from May 28, one of the four daily Stornoway-Glasgow flights will also provide a new ‘same plane’ one-stop link from Stornoway directly to London Southend. Benbecula flights to Glasgow on Saturdays and Sundays are also being operated by the Embraer jet.
Councillor Uisdean Robertson, chairman of the comhairle’s transportation committee, said: ‘This is very welcome news and we are pleased that Loganair is listening to the customers of the Western Isles and is demonstrating commitment to improving the air services for our island communities.
‘Shorter journeys with more seats available on weekdays will only serve to increase passenger numbers and with the introduction of the new London Southend route, we would anticipate a boost to the local economy through business and tourism.
‘We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with Scotland’s Airline.’