The Oban Times - - Community News -

IS­LAY has been crowned the fastest grow­ing High­land and Is­lands Air­port, with more than 1,000 ex­tra pas­sen­gers us­ing the run­way this quar­ter, ac­cord­ing to High­land and Is­lands Air­ports Lim­ited (HIAL).

This is a 12.2 per cent in­crease com­pared to 2014. In the same quar­ter, two air­craft were com­mis­sioned by HIAL and be­gan op­er­at­ing from Glas­gow to Barra, Camp­bel­town and Tiree.

Tiree and Barra both had a rise in de­mand, with 294 more pas­sen­gers us­ing the Tiree route and 36 more fly­ing to Barra. How­ever, Camp­bel­town had a 458 re­duc­tion, with 14.1 per cent fewer peo­ple us­ing the air­port.

Inglis Lyon, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of HIAL, said: ‘Th­ese are strong fig­ures for the quar­ter and show that de­mand on most ser­vices and at most air­ports is in­creas­ing.

‘The suc­cess of smaller is­land air­ports such as Is­lay, Ben­bec­ula and Tiree il­lus­trates the im­por­tant role that avi­a­tion plays in con­nect­ing re­mote and is­land com­mu­ni­ties. The ar­rival this sum­mer of two new air­craft serv­ing Barra, Camp­bel­town and Tiree is fur­ther good news for those com­mu­ni­ties.’

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