Shetland-Stansted linked by new air route

Hotel News - 10/11/2005

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Travellers wanting faster access between Shetland and Stansted will now be able to fly there with the launch of a new air service.

Atlantic Airways, a Faroese airline, has said it will offer two return flights every week between Stansted and Sumburgh Airport and the flights will then continue on to the Faroe Islands.

The route will receive funding from the Scottish Executive's Air Route Development Fund, reports the BBC and the Scottish transport minister hopes it will boost Scottish businesses.

Currently, British Airways is the only airline to offer flights to Shetland, but only flies to the UK mainland, not London.

Transport Minister Tavish Scott said: 'This is an extremely important development for Shetland and the Shetland economy.

'A direct link to London will give Shetland businesses and local people a real advantage. It will also be a great link for the islands' tourism industry.'

If you are flying to Stansted for a business trip, there are numerous airport hotels that offer ample airport parking.

Airport hotels boast excellent conference facilities and can accommodate a large number of business executives for meetings.

Fares are expected to cost from £154 return.

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