Fares group tar­gets wider au­di­ence

The Oban Times - - News -

A GROUP cam­paign­ing for cheaper flights to and from Scot­tish is­lands has changed its name to tar­get a wider au­di­ence.

Pre­vi­ously ‘Is­lan­ders against Flybe and Lo­ganair’s ex­ces­sive prices’, the cam­paign has re­branded it name to ‘Is­lan­ders for Fair Air Fares’.

This comes af­ter a so­cial media-led pe­ti­tion re­sulted in flight op­er­a­tors in­tro­duc­ing a cheaper ‘com­pas­sion­ate’ ticket price for those trav­el­ling due to fam­ily emer­gen­cies. Cam­paign founder, Scott Pre­ston, said the group has re­alised it is not only the flight providers to blame: ‘Our name has changed, not be­cause we have stopped chas­ing Lo­ganair, but be­cause we have come to the re­al­i­sa­tion since our meet­ing with Lo­ganair that they are not the only ones who have a case to an­swer.’

He con­tin­ued: ‘ We suc­cess­fully ar­gued for the in­tro­duc­tion of the com­pas­sion­ate fares scheme, and it is now time to con­tinue work on the big­gest one: over­all fares. The new name is a much clearer state­ment of our aims.

‘It also en­sures that peo­ple know we are tar­get­ing all those in­volved in our fares. Lo­ganair de­serve credit for en­gag­ing with the cam­paign and show­ing will­ing­ness to help. It is time for the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment and High­lands and Is­lands Air­ports Lim­ited to do the same,’ Mr Pre­ston added.

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