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Air fares for islanders halved in extended discount scheme

The Air Discount Scheme for remote communities has increased from 40% to 50%.

Air fares: Islanders will have prices halved.
Air fares: Islanders will have prices halved. The BIG Partnership

A special discount on air travel for those in remote communities has been increased by the Scottish Government.

The move was announced in October by transport and islands minister Derek McKay and came into force on January 1.

The Air Discount Scheme discount will increase from 40% to 50% and applies to tickets booked on or after the turn of the year.

Mr Mackay said: "The Air Discount Scheme makes a real difference to residents of our remote communities, giving people access to significantly cheaper air fares.

"These services are lifeline connections to many of these communities, so I'm very pleased that we can help them further by increasing the ADS.

"Its also important to remember that the ADS is open to students who study away from home and volunteers and employees of third sector organisations.

"As Minister for Transport and Islands, I've heard a lot about the issue of high air fares in the Highlands and Islands over the past year. This increase tackles the issue directly and I hope eligible residents take full advantage of the scheme.

"This increase, as well as the extension of the ADS until 2019, underlines the Scottish Governments commitment to support the communities of the Highlands and Islands."

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