Shetland gets direct London air link

Shetland will be linked with London by direct flights from June 2006. Faroe Islands-based airline Atlantic Airways announced the twice-weekly summer link today – and said it hopes to build the new route to a year-round service. Initially, flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays – giving a non-stop link from London Stansted to Sumburgh (Shetland) – as well as twice weekly between Shetland and its North Atlantic neighbour, the Faroe Islands. The new routes from Shetland open up tourism opportunities for the UK’s most northerly territories – previously visitors to Shetland have faced complex and expensive journeys by air or a long ferry crossing. Atlantic Airways chief executive Magni Arge said: “This is an exciting new development for us and our aim is to grow demand to the point at which it will be possible to operate a year-round service. “We have been operating between London and the Faroe Islands for four summers and have seen steady growth in traffic. By combining this service with our new Shetland route – and offering competitive prices – we can provide the opportunity to grow visitor numbers significantly to both these stunning destinations.” The flight time will be one hour 40 minutes and fares will start at £156. Flights are now on sale.

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