Transport Scotland confirm Air Discount Scheme will continue

Stornoway Airport and environs from the sky

A scheme which subsidises air fares for residents in some of Scotland’s most remote communities has been extended for a further five years.

The Air Discount Scheme provides eligible travellers with a discount of 50% on core air fares.

The scheme will be formally renewed on 1 April 2021 and run until 31 March 2026.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

“I’m delighted to confirm the renewal of the Air Discount Scheme for a further five years.

“We know the scheme is popular and plays a vital role in keeping our remote communities connected. It will no doubt have an important part to play as we look to ease the COVID-19 restrictions in the coming weeks and months.

“The scheme will remain open to all the eligible areas and students at the seven colleges within them.

“This announcement directly tackles the issue of high air fares in the Highlands and Islands and underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting our remote communities.”

Published: 25th March 2021