Loganair is offering free and reduced flight change fees as Scotland’s first minister urged people not to book non-essential foreign trips over the October school half-term.

The announcement by Nicola Sturgeon drew a strong rebuke from the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association, warning that her comments were “extremely damaging” for the travel industry in Scotland.

A spokesperson for Glasgow-based Loganair said: “Today’s announcement from the Scottish government has not placed any restrictions on domestic travel, however we remain cautious that customers booking trips for business and leisure across the UK are looking for flexibility more than ever before. 

“To that end, customers who have made, or will make, a booking with Loganair up to and including the 27th of September 2020 will receive one free date change per booking.

“For any bookings made on or after the 28th of September 2020, Loganair will be reducing the usual date change fee by 50%.” 

The spokesperson for the regional carrier added: “In these uncertain times, we continue to offer our ‘Fly Flex +’ fare which incurs neither a date change fee or a fare difference, bookable through our website. 

“As we approach winter months, and restrictive measures are increased, it is important to note that all Loganair flights operate under ‘Simple Steps to Healthy Flying’ protocols.”