An excerpt from The Scotsman today on Loganair’s 50th birthday:
“Loganair, which is based in Dundee, operates services to Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles and has hubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. It has operated under the Flybe franchise since 2008.
Its flight between Papa Westray and Westray in the Orkneys covers 2.8km and can take as little as 90 seconds – making it the shortest scheduled flight in the world.
In Barra, Loganair’s Twin Otter planes land on the beach – making it the only place in the world where scheduled flights have to be timed in accordance with the tides and where cockle pickers have to clear the runway before landings.
A copy of the summer timetable from 1971, reproduced to mark the airline’s 50th birthday, shows Orkney inter-island flights could be bought for £1, while flying between Stornoway and Glasgow cost passengers £9.80. Today a flight from Stornoway to Glasgow costs £172.14, flights from Westray to Papa Westray cost £39 return, with all passengers offered a drink of Highland Park whisky.”