Plan to in­crease sum­mer ser­vice to Tiree and Barra takes flight

The Oban Times - - News -

LO­GANAIR is to in­crease ser­vices from Glas­gow to Tiree and Barra this sum­mer via a new agree­ment with Trans­port Scot­land.

Ex­tra flights will be added on both routes through­out the peak sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod from June to Au­gust, in­clud­ing a to­tal of 17 ad­di­tional round trips added on the world-fa­mous Glas­gow to Barra air link this sum­mer.

The unique ser­vice – flown by Lo­ganair oper­at­ing Trans­port Scot­land’s Twin Ot­ter DHC6- 400 air­craft – lands on Barra’s beach, where flight times are sub­ject to the tides. It is a hugely pop­u­lar jour­ney for hol­i­day­mak­ers, avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts and lo­cals, and the ex­tra flights will help to meet high de­mand dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

An ex­tra eight flights are also be­ing added on the Glas­gow to Tiree route, spread be­tween the Twin Ot­ter air­craft and larger 34-seat Saab 340 air­craft. Three more flights normally sched­uled for the Twin Ot­ter will be flown by the larger Saab 340s to pro­vide ex­tra seats around the time of the Tiree 10K in April, the Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in July, and a gru­elling ul­tra-marathon which takes place on Septem­ber 10.

The boost to ca­pac­ity is a re­sult of feed­back from is­land rep­re­sen­ta­tives, who are part of Lo­ganair and Trans­port Scot­land’s en­gage­ment with com­mu­ni­ties.

Jonathan Hin­kles, Lo­ganair’s manag­ing di­rec­tor, said: ‘The sum­mer months are al­ways par­tic­u­larly busy for the air­line and we’ve worked closely with Trans­port Scot­land to pro­vide more seats than ever be­fore to Barra and Tiree.’

The Glas­gow-Barra, Glas­gow- Camp­bel­town and Glas­gow-Tiree air links are ex­tremely im­por­tant to the re­mote com­mu­ni­ties they serve, boost­ing their economies. All are op­er­ated un­der a pub­lic ser­vice obli­ga­tion com­mit­ment by Lo­ganair for Trans­port Scot­land.

Min­is­ter for Trans­port and the Is­lands Humza Yousaf MSP said: ‘These im­prove­ments come fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, so I have no doubt they’ll be wel­comed by pas­sen­gers who de­pend on the pub­lic ser­vice obli­ga­tion routes.

‘Not only will there be ad­di­tional flights for both Barra and Tiree over the busier sum­mer pe­riod, Lo­ganair will also amend the timeta­bles to smooth out the im­pact of the tidal vari­a­tions at Barra on the Tiree ser­vice. This will of­fer more con­ti­nu­ity and cer­tainty for pas­sen­gers.

‘These air links play a cru­cial role for the com­mu­ni­ties they serve and we will con­tinue to have di­a­logue with is­land rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Lo­ganair to make sure we’re of­fer­ing the best pos­si­ble ser­vice.’

Lo­ganair op­er­ates Twin Ot­ter DHC6- 400 air­craft on the Barra route, where planes land at the beach airport and where flight times are sub­ject to the tides.

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