Loganair has announced a new co-operation agreement with Flybe that will open up travel options for island customers across the UK and beyond.

The new codeshare agreement announced yesterday evening (Thursday October 17th) sees over 100 new connections bookable immediately via Loganair’s website.

Stornoway customers are among those who will benefit from what’s being described as: “renewed co-operation between the UK’s two leading regional airlines.”

Loganair and Flybe routes meet at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Manchester. Customers making a single booking for a connecting journey between Loganair and Flybe will be able to check bags right through to their final destination, with the assurance that they will be re-booked to their destination free of charge if weather conditions or other delays lead to missed connections.

The new codeshare agreement also offers savings for customers as they no longer have to pay the multiple Air Passenger Duty charges they faced previously when buying separate tickets from Loganair and Flybe to build their own connecting itinerary.

Alan Tune, Flybe’s director of sales, alliances and strategic partnerships, said: “The new codeshare agreement with Loganair offers unrivalled connectivity between most of the main cities, islands and regions of the UK, and onwards to several key European cities, too.”

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director, said: “This new partnership with Flybe will bring tremendous benefits for customers through assured connections, reduced travel costs and convenient through check-in. The new codeshare agreement will link all of the communities that we’re proud to serve as Scotland’s airline with major destinations throughout the UK and Europe, and I’m sure that this will be fantastic news for UK tourism, business and by making it easier to visit friends and family.”

The Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “Regional airlines provide essential links for Scottish businesses and our tourism sector, so this agreement between Loganair and Flybe is very welcome. It further enhances connectivity for the Highlands and Islands with the rest of the UK and provides seamless connections which will be a great benefit to passengers.”