Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, today (Monday March 5th) introduces 12 additional flights a week to its Stornoway – Aberdeen route, providing two flights a day on Monday to Friday and a new Sunday service.
The first flight from Aberdeen this morning arrived more than two hours late because of "the crew being out of hours following the knock-on of weather recovery of flights from last week," an Eastern Airways spokesman said.
The services to Aberdeen also provide convenient onward connections to Flybe’s London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham flights.
Flights on Mondays depart Aberdeen at 8am and 2.10pm, arriving in Stornoway at 8.55am and 3.05pm respectively. From Stornoway, flights leave at 9.25am and 3.35pm, arriving in Aberdeen at 10.20am and 4.30pm.
Tuesdays to Thursday flights will depart Aberdeen at 6.40am and 2.10pm, landing in Stornoway at 7.35am and 3.05pm. Flights from Stornoway leave at 8.05am and 3.35pm respectively, arriving in Aberdeen at 9am and 4.30pm.
Friday flights leave Aberdeen at 6.40am and 4.25pm arriving on Stornoway at 7.35am and 5.20pm. Flights depart Stornoway at 8.05am and 5.35pm, arriving in Aberdeen at 9am 6.45pm.
The new Sunday services depart Aberdeen at 2.20pm and Stornoway at 3.40pm.
Eastern Airways entered into a new partnership in October 2017 with Flybe, which offers a comprehensive network of flights operating onwards from Aberdeen Airport. All Eastern Airways flights are bookable at Flybe.com with fares on the Aberdeen – Stornoway route starting from £86.99 one way, including taxes and charges.
Mathew Herzberg, Eastern Airways’ Head of Commercial, said: “We have seen an increase in passenger numbers on the route and listened to feedback, and the time is now right to increase to double daily, offering day return options and the introduction of a new Sunday service to help increase leisure opportunities to the Western Isles. The additional frequency also means that Stornoway passengers will have improved access to the many Flybe flights such as London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham via Aberdeen."
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director, Highlands and Islands Airports, said: “The double daily service will further improve connectivity between Lewis and Harris and the mainland and will offer more opportunities for local people to plan onward flights. Increased frequency also makes it easier for visitors to experience the stunning natural beauty and hospitality to be found in the Western Isles.
“We work closely with our airline partners to deliver the best possible services for passengers and to continue to deliver sustainable growth in the Highlands and Islands."
Councillor Uisdean Robertson, Chair of Transportation & Infrastructure Committee at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “The Comhairle welcomes the announcement of what appears to be significant improvements to the air service between Stornoway and Aberdeen.
"We, along with colleagues in HIE and with a number of private individuals, have campaigned for a long time to have a service in place that would improve connectivity between Stornoway and Aberdeen, including the availability of a service that better met the needs of island-based residents working in and out of Aberdeen in the oil and gas sector.
“We cautiously welcome this announcement and will seek to work with the airline in ensuring the viability of the route and the services provided by them.”
Eastern Airways first started operating flights between Stornoway and Aberdeen in January 2006.