Loganair has today (Monday 23 March) hit back at comments from people wishing them to limit who can travel to the Scottish islands.

Loganair’s social media have been inundated with comments from people asking why they, too have not decided on a policy of refusal to travellers visiting the islands who do not have a ‘legitimate reason’ to be doing so.

In this morning’s statement, a Loganair spokesman said: “There has been comment recently regarding Loganair continuing to fly to and from the islands.

“In response we would like to say that we have been flying throughout Scotland and the Islands since the 1960s, and throughout those many years of service, has always had the best interests of the community at heart.

“We are continuing to fly all island lifeline routes on a skeleton schedule during the current crisis. However, we should point out that Loganair is neither legally nor morally able to make unilateral decisions as to who can, and cannot, travel on its flights.

“The decision to restrict travel or movement within the UK more broadly or within Scotland has to be a Government initiative with which, of course, we would comply fully if the time comes.”

Their response comes as CalMac followed yesterday’s guidance from the First Minister and announced a clampdown on ferry travel by people who are not island residents.

A CalMac spokesman said yesterday: “From now on ferries will be for those who live on our islands, who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland, and for essential supplies or business.  Nothing else. The return of non-residents from islands back to the mainland will also be deemed essential travel. 

“If you have already bought or booked a ticket but your travel is not essential, then you should not be travelling, and you must contact us for a refund. We expect the travelling public will listen to this new guidance to keep everyone of us as safe as possible.”