Sumburgh Airport and the Local Community
Sumburgh is a major employer on the island and supports all local charity events and appeals as much as possible.
Tidy Business Award
In 2009, Sumburgh airport was awarded a Silver Tidy Business Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Keep Scotland Beautiful awards businesses for Waste Minimisation and Environmental Management. The Award was presented to Carole Laignel, Assistant airport Manager, on behalf of Sumburgh airport at an event in Lerwick Town during February this year. One of the actions that qualified the airport for the award was the recycling of second hand chairs and tables from the Main Concourse to the Salvation Army. They are now using them in a Community Cafe and the excess has been given to local charity shops to raise funds.
Sumburgh airport regularly recycles tins, glass, betteries, ink toners/cartridges and stamps. Whenever possible all box binders, files and paper is reused within the airport and sensor lighting has been added into the less frequently used areas with the airport.
Air Discount Scheme
The Scottish Government's Air Discount Scheme (ADS) provides a 40 per cent reduction on air fares between Scotland's remotest communities and cities. ADS applies to people whose main residence is any of the following:
- Western Isles
- Islay and Jura
- Caithness and North West Sutherland
It includes students from these areas who are studying away from home. For more information on ADS, eligibility criteria and application pack, please visit www.airdiscountscheme.com.