Loganair retains contract for Scottish lifeline services

Loganair has secured a Scottish government contract to maintain lifeline air links to the Western Isles.

The contract will run for four years from today (October 2023) supporting air services from Glasgow to Barra, Tiree and Campbeltown. 

Special fares will be made available to residents in Barra, Tiree and Coll and more flights offered to Barra at busy time of the year.

Scottish transport minister Fiona Hyslop said: “We know how important these lifeline flights are for our rural and island communities, so I’m pleased to award the contract to Loganair to continue providing this service for a further four years.

“These air links offer vital connectivity for the people that rely on them, allowing them to travel for work, medical appointments, access to vital mainland services, as well as visiting family and friends.

“I’m also pleased to see new measures being brought in to improve the services, with capped fares for island residents and the extension of medical seat reservations.”

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles added: “I’m delighted that Loganair will remain as the operator of the essential air services to Barra, Campbeltown and Tiree – routes that we’ve served for nearly 50 years.  

“The new contract award represents a huge vote of confidence in the dedicated team of Loganair pilots, engineers and ground staff who deliver these services day in, day out in all weathers across the year.

“I am truly grateful for this recognition by the Scottish government of their efforts, and for the opportunity to continue our valued relationships with the communities in Barra, Campbeltown and Tiree who depend on these services.”

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