An online survey has been launched to understand how islanders and visitors use the current air services to and from the Scottish Islands to the mainland.
The quick five minute survey hopes to identify areas of importance and give air users the chance to share their experiences and outline any changes they would like to see.
HITRANS (Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership) Chairman and Orkney Council’s Chair of Development and Infrastructure, Cllr James Stockan said: “The vitality and economic prosperity of our island communities relies on strong transport connectivity and this survey will play a part in better understanding the role of our air links and what steps could be taken to ensure that they meet the needs of both islanders and visitors.
“I would encourage everyone to take part in this quick online survey which will help inform the work of all the partners involved by identifying issues and opportunities for our air links.
Cllr John Mackay, Vice-Chair of HITRANS and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure added:
“For those of us living in island communities we have experience, directly or indirectly, of our air services and the impact they have.
“I warmly welcome this survey being undertaken and would encourage those who live, work, and visit the Western Isles to make their voices heard as part of this work.”
Scottish Council for Development and Industry Regional Director, Fraser Grieve added: “SCDI are pleased to be working with the regions transport partnerships Hitrans and ZetTrans, along with the local authorities on this important work.
“Air connectivity is of huge importance to the economic success of the region, supporting every sector of the economy and sustaining jobs in some of our most peripheral communities.
“I hope that we receive a strong response from air service users and that as many as possible complete this survey.before it closes on the 3rd January.”
The survey can be found: here