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LOGANAIR BOOKINGS SURGE AS BRITONS CHOOSE STAYCATIONS

The regional carrier, which serves 27 destinations across the British Isles, has seen its bookings to Scottish islands for July and August rise by 18% and 16% compared with 2016.

With the cost of international travel increasing due to currency changes after the Brexit vote and safety concerns in previously popular sun-spots, Loganair believes Highland and Island tourism is heading for a strong year.  

Services between Scotland and England are also increasing in popularity, with Manchester to Glasgow bookings between June – August up by 109% and Norwich to Edinburgh showing 46% growth.

Loganair has increased its capacity to key destinations including Shetland, Orkney, Stornoway, Benbecula and Islay in anticipation of summer passengers.

Bookings on Shetland routes are up 18% in the peak June to August holiday period versus last year while Orkney has grown by 13%.

Services to Barra are also performing well, with 38% more bookings between June and August compared to 2016 – partly down to a third rotation to Glasgow on key dates wherever tide times permit extra flights to be added to Barra’s unique beach airport. The airline is also adding eight more rotations to the island during May and June.

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director said: “We always expect summer to be busy, yet the advance booking figures for this year suggest it will be busier than ever.

“People are opting to stay closer to home and our bookings reflect that. The Highlands and Islands have a tremendous amount to offer, and it’s pleasing to see so many travellers planning their holidays in Scotland.

“We’ve made more seats available at our lowest fares than ever before. It’s clear that our increased schedule is also proving popular in an environment where customers are looking for – and clearly finding - holiday options closer to home.  Early signs from bookings via our new reservations system at Loganair.co.uk for travel from 1 September suggest this will continue well into the autumn.”

   

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