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Banffshire MP welcomes further route openings from Aberdeen Airport

By David Porter

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Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed news that more domestic routes have been added from Aberdeen to Bristol and the reinstatement of the Aberdeen to Manchester route which was cancelled after the controversial travel ban imposed by the Scottish Government.

Flights from Aberdeen International Airport to Bristol Airport started on Friday for the first time and are operating up to four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Flights between Aberdeen and Manchester were originally supposed to begin on Friday but were withdrawn from sale following a travel ban imposed by the Scottish Government on non-essential travel between Scotland and Manchester.

This route, now reinstated, will begin from August 6.

MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said: “It is great news to see yet more routes being opened up from Aberdeen.

"The aviation sector has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic and has struggled as international and domestic travel alike almost stopped during lockdown.

“I am also particularly glad to see the reinstatement of the Aberdeen-Manchester route which had to be withdrawn after the sudden travel ban imposed by the Scottish Government.

“Aberdeen airport is for many, a gateway to business and work opportunities across the UK and the world and is an entry point for so many tourists looking to explore the northeast so it is good to see the airport’s resilience and a bright future as we turn to our recovery from the pandemic.”

Matt Hazlewood, group commercial director for Aberdeen Airport’s owner AGS Airports Ltd, said: “It is great to see easyJet growing its offering and presence at Aberdeen International Airport with a Bristol route.

“These routes strengthen our connectivity in the north-east of Scotland.

"Bringing back business safely is a key priority at our airport and this route will be warmly welcomed by our passengers and stakeholders.”

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