LOGANAIR has struck a code-sharing agreement with Flybe which the regional airlines expect will boost demand for the flights they offer.

Under the codeshare agreement passengers flying on routes offered by one of the airlines will be able to book seats on connecting services run by the other firm.

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Loganair’s managing director Jonathan Hinkles noted the agreement would link airports the Glasgow-based airline serves in Scotland with major destinations in the UK and Europe served by Flybe.

“I’m sure that this will be fantastic news for UK tourism, business and by making it easier to visit friends and family,” he said, adding that customers would benefit from assured connections, reduced travel costs and simpler journeys.

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Passengers making journeys involving more than one flight will be able to check bags in to their final destination at the outset of their trips. They will no longer have to pay the multiple Air Passenger Duty charges faced when buying separate tickets from Loganair and Flybe.

The Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for transport Michael Matheson said: “Regional airlines provide essential links for Scottish businesses and our tourism sector, so this agreement between Loganair and Flybe is very welcome. It further enhances connectivity for the Highlands and Islands with the rest of the UK."

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The agreement will boost links between the firms following an acrimonious rift in 2017.

Loganair faced challenges following the end of a long-standing franchise agreement under which it served the Scottish Highlands and Islands under the Flybe brand.

Flybe is rebranding as Virgin Connect following the recent takeover of the airline by a consortium of rival operators including Virgin Atlantic.