Loganair has cut the number of flights from Edinburgh Airport and others throughout Scotland due to the impact of coronavirus.
The airline has cut half of its flights for April and May and will put a quarter of its aircraft into temporary storage.
Loganair’s Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “The coronavirus situation has worsened materially in the last four days, and we have now seen forward bookings fall by around 75% versus their usual levels.”
“From the end of next week, we will be implementing an emergency timetable, which will reduce our operations from around 214 to 95 scheduled flights each weekday – a cut of 55%. We expect this to be a temporary reduction and we are implementing this until the end of May but may have to extend that timescale as the situation continues to develop.”
“Customers booked on flights up to the end of May can change their reservation without a change fee to travel on a future date. However, if future flights are more expensive, the difference in fare will be payable. Where services are completely suspended a full refund will be applicable.”
“I would strongly advise our affected customers to manage their booking through our website as we are experiencing exceptionally high call volumes into our call centre”.
“Importantly, we will maintain lifeline services to the island communities we serve but will be forced to do so with reduced frequency.”
“The situation is incredibly serious and alongside the obvious health and safety implications, puts the future of the entire aviation industry in jeopardy. With this in mind, we have joined with other UK carriers to seek emergency measures from the Government to support all airlines in the sector.”
Full details of how to manage your booking are available on its website at www.loganair.co.uk
· Edinburgh-Cardiff: Shared service with Exeter
· Edinburgh-East Midlands: Reduced timetable of two flights per day
· Edinburgh-Exeter: Shared service with Cardiff
· Edinburgh-Norwich: Services suspended completely until 31 May