Stansted link set to boost Shetland tourism

Stansted link set to boost Shetland tourismThe Shetland islands are looking forward to a boost in tourism this summer following the launch of a direct air link from Stansted Airport.

Atlantic Airways will provide the service, which got under way today (May 23rd) and will operate every Monday and Friday until August 29th.

The flight between south-east England and the Shetland islands, which are situated nearly 300km north-east of mainland Scotland, takes 90 minutes and will this summer see its third year of operation.

Recent years have seen the service benefit the islands by bringing them within easy reach of millions of potential visitors.

Nigel Flaws, manager of Shetland’s Sumburgh Airport, said: "Shetland is a unique environment in the UK and Atlantic Airways has helped to open it up to new tourism markets by making us more accessible in recent years.

"It’s an opportunity that the islands have been keen to embrace in terms of promoting themselves as a visitor destination."

Flights are also available from Stansted to the Scottish destinations of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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