Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Petition shows Aberdeen to Gatwick flights are wanted, say campaigners

Aberdeen International Airport
Aberdeen International Airport

Campaigners fighting for the reinstatement of flights from Aberdeen to Gatwick say they hope the success of a petition proves to airlines the route is wanted.

They will hand the document to bosses at Aberdeen International Airport with a view to helping find an alternative operator.

EasyJet axed flights between the Granite City and Gatwick more than a year ago – a decision the airport said was “extremely disappointing” – and has faced mounting calls to reinstate them ever since.

Val Fry, who started the petition with fellow flier Rachel May, said: “When we started the petition we didn’t even know each other.

“It just came about as Rachel and I were commenting on the airport Facebook page after the flight was dropped.

“We really weren’t sure that we would reach 1,000 signatures, let alone 5,000. Hopefully we can now take this forward to the airport management and our MSPs and MPs and get an airline to take on the route.

Ms May added: “A brief chat between two hacked-off women has proved that it’s better to act and try to make a difference instead of sitting at home moaning about it.

“I hope this proves to any negotiating airlines the amazing Aberdeen Airport team are talking to that this flight is wanted and needed and in fact is an essential link to the south and beyond.

“Travel and tourism affects us all here in the north-east. Over the last 11 months we’ve been inundated with messages from people who are desperate to reconnect with friends and family.

“Let’s hope this is a big step in the right direction.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in