Loganair is to operate an extra eight services between Barra and Glasgow this summer
in addition to the 17 additional rotations previously announced.
The schedule will be enhanced during May and June, with a 38% surge of advance bookings
during the peak season compared to the same period in 2016.
However, there is still no air service from Barra to the rest of the Western Isles
after councillors controversially abolished the flights in 2013.
They cut the Benbecula - Stornoway fights at the same time - ironically voted for
by Uist councillors. The reduced service has been partially reinstated but the new
timetable means missed connections.
Sightseer fares help boost the summer flights to Barra while the airline also reports
a 13% increase of booking to Stornoway and Benbecula. Tickets purchased from the
Western Isles to Glasgow has risen by 26% rise.
With the cost of international travel increasing due to currency changes after the
Brexit vote and safety concerns in previously popular sun-spots, Loganair believes
Western Isles tourism is heading for a strong year.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said: “People are opting to stay closer
to home and our bookings reflect that. Barra and the Western Isles have a tremendous
amount to offer, and it’s pleasing to see so many travellers planning their holidays
around a trip to the islands.”