New Islander Fares
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed moves by Loganair to introduce new islander fares on selected routes and flights for air discount scheme (ADS) members.
Two Stornoway services - Edinburgh and Inverness - will benefit from the initiative. The Comhairle has called for the scheme to be extended to all island routes.
Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure Cllr Uisdean Robertson said: “Clearly any reduction in the cost of travel for island residents is a welcome step but it is very disappointing that this benefit is not being extended to passengers on all Loganair’s island routes. To limit this to Stornoway, Kirkwall and Sumburgh means that the relative cost of travel to other islands including Benbecula is going to be higher. If Loganair cannot see this is unfair perhaps consideration should again be given to introducing a PSO on the Benbecula route to ensure that fares are reduced and kept to an affordable level as is the case for the Barra service and on the Benbecula to Stornoway service which operates through a PSO awarded by the Comhairle.”