1,000 flights delayed and 300 cancelled in just one year


More than 1,000 flights to and from the Western Isles were delayed and around 300 cancelled in 2012 the Gazette can reveal.

Concerns about the islands’ air links were raised last year after Cllr Angus McCormack questioned the service describing it as “quite shoddy”. The amount of information offered to passengers in the result of cancellations was also criticised.

But up until now the extent to which flights have been affected by cancellation and delays has not been made public.

Following a Freedom of Information (FoI) Request to Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL), the body which owns and operates all three Western Isles Airports, it is now known that 296 flights were cancelled and 1,005 flights delayed last year alone (including passenger and freight flights).

For the full story see this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out now.