Extra Stornoway-Aberdeen flights a step closer

The possibility of twice daily air services between Stornoway and Aberdeen took another step forward this week when the company responsible, Eastern Airways, were reported to have engaged in “positive” discussions.

A letter has also been sent to the UK Government with a call for them to use the Regional Connectivity Fund to put together a package which will see additional flights being able to get off the ground.

It follows a survey by Highlands and Islands Enterprise which demonstrated that demand exists — particularly among the high number of offshore workers from the islands.

Alasdair Morrison, Labour’s candidate for the forthcoming UK elections, said: “The airline is very keen to work with the UK Government and local agencies to examine how a package of support can be pulled together to allow them to establish a twice-daily air service between Aberdeen and Stornoway.

“I have also been communicating with the office of Chief Secretary at the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP. Danny Alexander established the Regional Connectivity Fund and I know he’s keen to see it benefiting passengers and airlines in all parts of the UK.”

He added: “We now need the UK Treasury, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and Eastern Airways to thrash out the detail and set about discussing the second Stornoway- Aberdeen flight in a positive manner.

“A decade ago we worked in a collegiate fashion when we established the Aberdeen service, as well as the Air Discount Scheme. I am certain if the pragmatism of that time is replicated, we could see an air link of great economic and social importance improve.”