The Air Discount Scheme, which offers a significant discount on air fares for travellers from remote communities, has been increased to 50 per cent.
The announcement was made by Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay at the islands debate in parliament today. 50 per cent is the maximum allowed under the terms of the scheme and will apply to tickets booked on or after 1 January. This increase comes after Mr Mackay announced earlier this year the scheme was being extended to 2019.
Mr Mackay said: “The scheme has proved hugely popular with users, as it directly tackles the issue of high air fares in the Highlands and Islands. By increasing the discount offered to the maximum allowed we are aiming to make sure these communities remain connected.”