Scottish agents want ministers to back emergency support to keep Loganair flying through the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK’s largest regional carrier warned on Monday that it needed help to maintain many lifeline routes, including those connecting remote communities in the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association president Joanne Dooey said: “The importance of Loganair and its contribution to the Scottish and UK economy cannot be underestimated.


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“Loganair operates lifeline services for the people of Scotland, especially those in the remotest parts of the country.”

She added: “It should not be forgotten that, in addition to flying passengers, Loganair also transports essential medicines, mail and newspapers which would not otherwise reach those who need them.

“Loganair’s routes also provide the framework for connectivity from these areas to the rest of the world.

“As a provider of these essential services, the SPAA urges the government to consider any application which Loganair may make for emergency support during these unprecedented times.”