An Aberdeen company which runs bars and nightclubs across the city has stepped in to help Dons fans heading to Spain for tonight’s UEFA Europa League tie.
The Epic Group, which operates venues including the Monkey House, Prohibition, The Priory and Pearl Lounge, has chartered two flights to San Sebastian.
Aberdeen FC face Real Sociedad tonight in the first of a two-leg third round qualifying clash.
Epic Events, which was set up to organise air travel for football fans from the north-east to Manchester United games at Old Trafford, has chartered two planes.
The flights will go direct from Aberdeen.
Epic Group managing director, Mike Wilson, said: “It’s been a logistical nightmare securing aircraft and aircrew against the timescale – but the demand has been there.”
The Dons received 1,200 tickets for the match.
They beat Dutch team Groningen 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round and Daugava Riga of Latvia at the first stage 8-0 on aggregate.
The second leg of the third round tie is at Pittodrie in Aberdeen on Thursday, August 7.
Epic Events began as a travel arm of the Epic Group company, chartering flights to football matches south of the border, but has also taken sports fans to the Ryder Cup.
Police, meanwhile, have urged north-east fans travelling to Spain to behave.
Superintendent Innes Walker – who has been liaising with officers in Spain – said it was important for fans to enjoy themselves, but also be “safe and responsible”.