Transport Scotland PR Statement :
Extra flights between Tiree and Glasgow
Two rotations on weekdays from July 2015
Additional return flights between Tiree and Glasgow will take off this summer, Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay has announced.
An extra rotation on weekdays will get off the ground on the 1st July 2015, helping support the local tourist industry and providing extra capacity for locals who need to leave the island at short notice.
The additional service will operate Monday-Friday, in addition to the current morning service.
Mr Mackay said:
“I’m delighted to announce extra return flights between Tiree and Glasgow – a route that provides the island with a vital social and economic lifeline, ensuring businesses, residents and visitors remain well connected.
“We have listened to the local community, particularly businesses linked to tourism, who have asked for extra capacity on this route. Not only will these additional flights provide a boost to the tourist industry, but they will also offer residents more options when it comes to travelling to the mainland.
“Leisure passengers play a major role for the local economy on Tiree, but it’s also important that islanders are able to access these services at short notice. This announcement will help address both these issues.
“I look forward to these extra flights taking off in the summer.”
Councillor John MacCaskill, speaking on behalf of Tiree Community Council, said:
“We are delighted that the Transport Minister and his Transport Scotland Officials have reacted swiftly and positively to the concerns of Tiree islanders as raised at a recent consultation meeting on our Glasgow to Tiree air service. These significant enhancements to the island air service this summer will provide a much needed economic boost and badly needed additional passenger capacity on what has previously been an overstretched air service”.