Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is meeting the Islands air campaign today in Holyrood.
Tavish has been inundated with complaints about delays, reliability and the costs of flying from Shetland to the Scottish mainland. He is starting a feedback page on his website where islanders can leave details of the problems they encounter. This complements the Facebook page Islanders against Flybe/Loganair excessive prices joined by 15,000 people. Tavish and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur are meeting Scott Preston in the Scottish Parliament to discuss progress on the campaign.
Tavish Scott said, “15,000 people have joined an online campaign for better air services. I am one of them! Shetlanders may use a flight once a year or every week but the problems are the same. One Sumburgh discussion last week suggested that there had been no day since Christmas without some kind of delay to a flight. I have asked the airline to publish their reliability performance. Loganair did do this in the past. The low cost carriers such as Easyjet and Ryanair compete with each on the reliability performance. We do not have any competition on Shetland’s air connections to the south.
“The major issue is reliability. I am pleased that the Loganair boss has recognised that and is promising action. I know one group of Shetland business people who bring music acts to Shetland regularly. They face real problems in booking bands if Loganair cannot guarantee the reliability of the service. So many aspects of island life are affected by the air service. So Scott Preston’s work has been invaluable in highlighting these issues and demanding action. I want to complement and encourage that work. I have therefore created a feedback page on my website, tavishscott.com/airtravel. This will mean I can use a file of real information when I meet with both government ministers and the airline to press for improvements.”