Air discount scheme to be extended

17th February 2015

Passengers flying to and from Wick will benefit from the extended discount scheme.

The initiative, which offers 40% discount on core fares for travellers in remote areas, was due to expire on March 31. But Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay has agreed to extend it to the end of March 2019.

“The scheme has proved hugely popular with users as it directly tackles the issue of high air fares in the Highlands and Islands. The significant discount offered by the scheme makes sure these communities remain connected,” he said.

“It’s also open to students and, since 2012, the Scottish Government has extended the air discount scheme to travel undertaken by volunteers and employees of third sector organisations.

“You need only look at the take-up figures to see just how important the it is, with around 75% of eligible people signed up. That figure rises to over 90% in most of the eligible areas.

“It’s encouraging to see so many people signed up to the scheme and I hope they continue to make use of it in the future.”

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