Flybe is to introduce a new schedule from the Scottish islands as well as continuing to operate its Manchester-Luxemburg route.

The new Scottish schedule will operate from January 8, 2018, when Flybe, through partner Eastern Airways, will introduce retimed early morning departures from Kirkwall in the Orkneys to Aberdeen (Wednesday and Thursday) and Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides to Glasgow (Monday and Tuesday).

Flybe is also to upgrade the aircraft operating on the Aberdeen-London City route by using a faster 76-seat Embraer 170 instead of the current Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s interim chief commercial officer, said: “I am pleased that we have now been able to adjust our plans to benefit islanders with early morning southbound flights to mainland Scotland with better, more convenient connections.”

The regional carrier will also continue to operate the Manchester-Luxemburg route through to July 1, 2018. The evening service, which started in September 2016, operates up to six times per week.

Luxemburg is home to major institutions such as the European Court of Justice and the European Investment Bank.

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