Peacock Backs Skye Airlinks





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Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands Labour Regional MSP has again backed proposals for a direct air link between Skye and other parts of the Highlands and Islands and the central belt.

Mr Peacock said, "Some time ago I was approached by a constituent on this issue and wrote to Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, transport group HITRANS and Highland Council.

"The responses I received indicate that there is broad support for air links from a re-vitalised Ashaig Airstrip at Broadford.

"I am very please that they seem to show that a number of agencies want to work positively together.

"I will give every practical assistance I can in trying to secure a regular air service to and from Skye.

"It would make a huge difference to peopleís lives and itís important to do as much as possible to improve links to the central belt and the rest of Scotland.

"For the first time in generations the population of Skye is on the up and air links would give the 12,000 residents of Skye plus those in the Lochalsh area a real alternative to the 5 to 6 hour drive to the central belt and beyond.

"An assessment carried out by HIE indicates that there is a market for air travel between Skye and Glasgow or Edinburgh and there is tremendous potential for business and commerce if the route was established."

"I was on Skye only last weekend and visited the airstrip at Ashaig and firmly believe the cost of improving it to take commercial flights would bring long-term benefits for Skye and Lochalsh.

"I have lodged a series of question to the minority SNP government on this issue and would hope the executive would offer the project the support it deserves."


Parliamentary questions lodged by Peter Peacock MSP

To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers would be the benefits of direct air links between Skye and other parts of Scotland.

To ask the Scottish Executive if it agrees that direct air services to and from Skye would help the local economy.

To ask the Scottish Executive if it is willing to make air services to and from Skye a strategic objective.

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes the community of Skye and Lochalsh is disadvantaged by not having scheduled air services to the island.

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