Airports in Scotland’s wild highlands and islands are now listed in Emirates’ booking system among the world’s biggest cities.
Some of Scotland’s remotest airports are now better connected with the rest of the world thanks to a new deal between the Scottish regional carrier Loganair and Emirates.
The two airlines have signed a “major interline agreement” that opens up the Dubai carrier’s global destination network to Loganair’s passengers.
The partnership enables customers from Scotland’s highlands and islands to travel via Glasgow and Edinburgh with their luggage on a single ticket to Emirates’ network of 155 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world.
Passengers have the added advantages, according to Loganair, of being protected if their connecting flights are disrupted, while also saving on a UK air passenger duty (APD) charge of £78 (€89).
The agreement will see Scotland’s airports displayed on Emirates’ online booking system among many of the world’s biggest cities.
This is the latest addition to Loganair’s Better Connected programme, which the Scottish carrier says provides its destinations with “a wide range of easy to access international connections”.
“Emirates is a leader in international air travel and we’re thrilled to welcome them into our Better Connected programme,” said Kay Ryan, Loganair’s commercial director.
“This will open up an extensive range of air links to passengers via Edinburgh and Glasgow, so it will be of real benefit to not only our highlands and islands customers but also to regions like Norwich and Dundee.”
Carriers including Turkish Airlines, Air France, KLM and Thomas Cook Airlines have also signed up to the Better Connected initiative.
Loganair passengers can now travel with these airlines on a through-ticket where flights connect at Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Manchester and Norwich.
The Scottish carrier recently intensified its route connections with Bergen in Norway.