Loganair bolsters Kirkwall (Orkney) schedule by welcoming first-ever service to London
Scottish airline Loganair today announced plans to expand its Orkney base as part of its 2023 summer schedule, with a new route to London among updates to routes from the island.
The airline’s summer timetable will also see Edinburgh timetables restored to pre-pandemic levels, while its service to one of the UK’s smaller airports – Fair Isle, run by the National Trust for Scotland – will be reinstated for the first time since March 2019, and a new same-flight service will see an international connection to Bergen.
From 4 April 2023 the new service to London City will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, giving Orkney customers easy access to short breaks or longer stays in the bustling city of London for the very first time.
The new same-flight service stops in Dundee en route, however, passengers are not required to leave the plane before landing at London City Airport. Just 10 kilometers from central London and 5 kilometers from Canary Wharf, London City Airport is considered the easiest and most accessible way to get to London. The three and a half hour service also offers improved connectivity encouraging tourists to visit Orkney. Fares start at £62 one way with the ADS discount and include a 15kg bag.
Additionally, under the airline’s plans for summer 2023, Orkney will see its service to Edinburgh restored to pre-pandemic levels with three flights a day, including an early morning service from Edinburgh Airport. Kirkwall at 7.30am. The service, which lands in Edinburgh at 8.40am, offers better international connection options from Edinburgh Airport. Meanwhile, customers traveling for business or leisure can spend the day in Scotland’s capital before returning home on the evening service, departing Edinburgh at 6.15pm. The airline has also announced that its largest 48-seat ATR-42 aircraft will now serve the route, increasing capacity to 34 seats on the former Saab 340. Fares start at £55 one-way with the ADS discount and include 15 kg of luggage.
The airline will also reconnect Orkney with Fair Isle with a twice-weekly service. The island’s only tourist accommodation, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which faced a devastating fire in March 2019, is set to reopen to welcome tourists next year and as such Loganair has restored service. Operating on Mondays and Fridays, the route also offers same-day connections from Edinburgh and Aberdeen from May 2023.
The international weekly service from Orkney to Bergen will also resume as part of summer 2023 plans, with a new same-flight service to the Norwegian capital. From May 13 to August 26, the Saturday service will stop at Sumburgh en route to Bergen, however, passengers are not required to leave the aircraft. Fares start at £75 one way with the ADS discount and include a 15kg bag.
Loganair Chief Commercial Officer Luke Lovegrove said:
“We have been flying from Orkney for over 50 years, operating the inter-island air service since September 1967, and it remains a key destination for us as we grow our network.
We are delighted to improve connectivity as part of an expansion program for Orkney as part of our 2023 summer timetable. The new service to London City, together with increased service to Edinburgh and the restored route to Fair Isle, not only boosts connectivity for the local community but also encourages tourists from across the UK and beyond to visit the wonders of Orkney.
Kimberley Fisher, Kirkwall Airport Manager, said:
“Loganair’s new flights will provide the community with more choice when it comes to travel and will also provide additional options for those wishing to visit Orkney, which in turn could boost the local economy.
The connection with Edinburgh restored to pre-pandemic levels and the return of flights to Fair Isle and Bergen, as well as the addition of service from London are excellent indications that the aviation industry is emerging from the pandemic and responding positively to demand. repressed.