Air passenger numbers fall in the Western Isles

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Latest figures show that HIAL’s 11 airports handled 126,672 passengers in September, an increase of 11,229 (+9.7%) on the same month last year.

However, numbers were down at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Stornoway and Tiree airports.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said: “The drop in passenger numbers at many of our smaller airports illustrates that demand is not uniformly strong.”

He added: “We have added almost 50,000 extra passengers so far in this financial year which, given the distinct challenges some of our airports face, is particularly encouraging. Business and tourism growth is essential for the regional economy of Scotland, particularly in our more remote locations.

“In recent months, we have secured additional passenger services at Campbeltown, Inverness, Wick John O’Groats and Sumburgh and we are continuing to look at new opportunities for growth throughout the HIAL group.”