Loganair has confirmed it is working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide air ambulance capability during the coronavirus crisis.

One of the airline’s Twin Otter aircraft has been converted to allow it to carry Epishuttle isolation pods for Covid-19 patients.

The Loganair aircraft will be based at Glasgow airport but can operate throughout Scotland, and will be ready for operation from Friday.

A larger Saab 340 aircraft which is capable of operating to all Highlands and Islands airports from Barra, is expected to be in similar service within seven days.

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Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair chief executive, said: “The team effort to make this happen, moving from a concept to an operational solution in just a week, has been absolutely incredible.

“Between the SAS and Loganair teams, the concept, testing and training has all taken place and we’re also grateful for the support from the Civil Aviation Authority in progressing this project.

“Although the circumstances under which all of this work has been undertaken are ones that we’d never have wished to see, I’m heartened that the effort which has gone into this is truly admirable.”