Island Leaders Back Campaign for Fairer Air fares to the Islands

Scotland’s Island Councils have backed a campaign on Facebook for fairer air fares to the islands.

The page has accumulated over 11,000 likes over the first 3 days.

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Angus Campbell, said: “The Comhairle along with Orkney and Shetland Islands’ Council will continue to keep this as a priority in the Our Islands Our Future campaign and will ask that it is put high on the agenda for the first meeting of the newly established Transport Forum which will specifically be dealing with Islands’ Transport issues.

“A number of islanders have questioned why fares are so high. As an example, after a quick look on the Flybe website this afternoon I notice that a flight from Stornoway to Glasgow tomorrow, Wednesday 10th June and returning Thursday 11th June would cost a total of £351. Just a few days later, the same company is offering a return flight from Aberdeen to Faro in Portugal for just £21 more.”