ADS Terms and Conditions

Air Discount Scheme

General Information

1.1 The Air Discount Scheme (ADS) is a mechanism designed to deliver lower air fares for the residents of Scotland’s remotest communities whose main residence (including students studying away from home) is in one of the following defined eligible areas:

Western Isles, Orkney Isles, Shetland Isles, Colonsay, Islay and Jura, Caithness and North West Sutherland.

1.2 The Scheme provides Members with a 50% discount on their core air fare on ADS related routes.

1.3 An ADS related route means a route between 2 airports in the eligible areas or between the eligible areas and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Inverness or other airports served with a single through flight number. Those services covered by Public Service Obligations are not eligible for the ADS discount

1.4 The Scottish Government reserves the right to terminate or vary this agreement at any time without notice. The termination or variation will have immediate effect, irrespective of the proposed date of travel.

The Discount

2.1 Any member can buy ADS fares on an ADS related route subject to the applicable terms and conditions of the relevant participating airline.

2.2 The Scottish Government accepts no responsibility for the contract between Members and the participating airline.


3.1 Only those whose main residence is within the eligible areas (including students studying away from home) can apply to the ADS Administration Team to become an ADS Member and be entitled to purchase ADS fares.

3.2 The ADS permits persons under the age of 16 to be included in one or more cards of Members who have, on their application, declared themselves the legal guardian, parent or carer of those persons under 16 years of age


4.1 Any changes to the Member’s personal details, including the adding of dependants, should be notified at once to the ADS Administration Team at: Air Discount Scheme, PO Box 5715, Inverness, IV1 9AS or or Freephone 0800 032 2890.


5.1 The ADS discount is applied to the core fare charged by participating airlines on an eligible route. Taxes, fees, charges and surcharges are not eligible for the ADS discount.

5.2 Discounted fares under the ADS are provided to Members by participating airlines at the time of booking.

Compliance and Misuse

6.1 Members should book ADS fares only for themselves or for any dependants included in their card. Members should not book ADS fares for non-members or allow their cards to be used for this purpose. This will be considered card misuse.

6.2 Card misuse will be treated as a material breach of these Terms and Conditions and may lead to exclusion from the ADS. The Scottish Government may also seek to recover from the relevant Member, any discount received to which there was not an entitlement due to misuse of the card. Should a Member be unwilling or unable to follow these Terms and Conditions, they should refrain from making bookings under the scheme and return their membership card to the address provided in clause 4.1

6.3 As a scheme designed to facilitate a better level of social inclusion for individual scheme members, the ADS is not intended to extend to business-related travel. The Scottish Government has announced that business related travel will not be reimbursed under the scheme. Business related claims are considered any journey where there is a business component, regardless of whether there is also a leisure-related component.

Data Protection

7.1 To enable a booking to be validated, the participating airlines and approved travel agents are given limited access to Members’ database held by the ADS Administrative Team, to enable them to match a Member’s name with their card number and any dependants listed on their card.

7.2 Members consent for their information to be used for the purpose of processing applications, verification of membership by participating airlines and travel agents and also to the extent necessary for the maintenance of the Scheme