Schools project boosts Stornoway air business

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Highlands and Islands Airways Ltd. (HIAL) have released passenger figures for November 2011, which highlight a significant increase in business compared to last November.

Commenting on passenger results for November 2011, Inglis Lyon, Managing Director for HIAL said, “Wick Airport figures lead the group, with a 13.9% increase attributed to milder weather, where last year heavy snow forced several cancellations. Inverness Airport remains strong, with a 7.5% increase on the same period last year. This is partly a result of the new route to Amsterdam and an additional Friday evening flight to London-Gatwick.

“Sumburgh Airport saw an increase of 7.3% on November last year, despite a reduced rotation to Kirkwall. This was attributed to improved load factors on the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen routes, as well as additional oil sector movements.

“Stornoway Airport also reports a positive increase of 3.0% on this time last year. This is due to improved load factors on Loganair flights as a result of the Western Isles Schools Project.

“Winter tourism remains strong, particularly our Inverness to Amsterdam route which continues to do well. In terms of weather, we are fortunate to have had a milder November than last year having a positive impact on numbers.”

At the end of November the group year to date passenger figures have indicated an 8.3% increase (+69,096 passengers) on year to date last year.