Air discount reinstated for voluntary groups 17/6/12
Charities, churches, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in the islands
can now take advantage of discounted air fares said Transport Minister Keith Brown
The Minister was speaking during a visit to Stornoway where he confirmed the Scottish
Government has extended the Air Discount Scheme (ADS) to travel undertaken by volunteers
and employees of third sector organisations.
These groups were excluded after a dispute over their legality to receive the discount.
Travel for business reasons has not been reinstated.
Mr Brown said: “Since its introduction in 2006, the Air Discount Scheme has been
an overwhelming success. Its 70,000 members have taken advantage of the 40% discount
on core fares with over 1 million tickets discounted to date.
“We are committed to ensuring that the scheme is targeted at and used by those who
benefit most and that is why I am delighted to make this announcement today.
“By extending the scheme to the third sector, organisations that help some of the
most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities will be assisted in maintaining
networks and accessing training opportunities which are essential to the work they
“This initiative takes effect immediately and we hope as many organisations as possible
take up this opportunity in the interests of promoting the work of this vital sector
and supporting the social wellbeing of the communities they serve.”