Scotland-based airline Logan Air has been awarded charter deals to fly offshore vessel workers from Poland and Latvia to the UK North Sea area, alleviating the difficulties faced by some operators in implementing crew changeovers.
Logan Air said the charters – it did not name the companies – were valued at more than £10,000.
Logan Air will fly vessel workers from Riga Airport in Latvia and Gdansk Airport in Poland to and from Aberdeen for shifts on the companies’ response and rescue (ERRV) and supply vessels serving North Sea oil and gas platforms.
Logan Air said that “before the current crisis, the emergency response companies flew hundreds of Latvian and Polish seafarers to Aberdeen on a complex series of scheduled services. The Covid-19 crisis had left crews stranded and unable to return home, until the companies contacted Loganair and asked if they could help,”
The initial contract runs until mid-May.
Fiona MacLeod, Logan Air’s director of charter services, said that the companies “explained the current crews had been forced to work beyond their allotted month-long shift due to the lack of scheduled flights home and it was imperative that their shift changeover be allowed to go ahead. We of course wanted to help, but that was easier said than done. As we delved into the logistics of the service required, we had to engage in negotiations with the Ministry of Transport in Latvia and the Prime Minister’s office in Poland before we secured permission to fly to from Riga and Gdansk”.