Business study into Skye air service

ashaig airstrip

Regular flights to and from Ashaig stopped in 1988

A survey examining the business case for a Skye air service is now underway.

Consultancy ekosgen has been commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to carry out the study. The researchers are seeking input from businesses, social enterprises and community groups on the potential economic benefits of re-establishing an air link between Skye and the central belt.

Stuart MacPherson of HIE, said: “Strong reliable transport links are of course crucial to a successful and competitive region. Air services from and to small rural airports can play a key role in supporting economic and community growth. We need to be clear about the full extent of the benefits of reintroducing a regular air service for the island and surrounding area and would urge all businesses, social enterprises and community groups to take part in the survey. Their feedback will help inform any future decisions about reintroducing a Skye air service.”

Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has welcomed the study.

He said: “Re-establishing an air service would have both economic and social benefits for Skye and help to strengthen tourism and other businesses on the island.”

The online survey will run throughout November and can be accessed via the HIE website at www.hie.co.uk/skye-air