Scotland’s Airline Loganair is increasing services from Glasgow to Tiree and Barra this summer
through a new agreement with Transport Scotland. Extra flights will be added on both routes
throughout the peak summer holiday period from June to August.
A total of 17 additional roundtrips will be added on the world-famous Glasgow to Barra air link
The unique service – flown by Loganair operating Transport Scotland’s Twin Otter DHC6-400
aircraft – lands at Barra’s beach airport, where flight times are subject to the tides. It’s a hugely
popular journey for holidaymakers, aviation enthusiasts and locals alike, and the extra flights will
help to meet high demand during the holiday season.
An extra eight flights are also being added on the Glasgow to Tiree route, spread between the
Twin Otter aircraft and larger 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. Three more flights normally scheduled
for the Twin Otter will be flown by the larger Saab 340s to provide extra seats around the time of
the Tiree 10K in April, the Tiree Music Festival in July and a gruelling ultra-marathon which
takes place on September 10.
The boost to capacity is a result of feedback from the representatives from each island, part of
Loganair and Transport Scotland’s engagement with communities.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said: “The summer months are always
particularly busy for the airline, and we’ve worked closely with Transport Scotland to provide
more seats than ever before to Barra and Tiree.”
The Glasgow – Barra, Glasgow – Campbeltown and Glasgow – Tiree air-links are extremely
important to the remote communities they serve, boosting their economies. All are operated
under a Public Service Obligation commitment by Loganair for Transport Scotland.
Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP said: “These improvements come
following consultation with local communities, so I have no doubt they’ll be welcomed by
passengers who depend on the Public Service Obligation routes.
“Not only will there be additional flights for both Barra and Tiree over the busier summer period,
Loganair will also amend the timetables to smooth out the impact of the tidal variations at Barra
on the Tiree service. This will offer more continuity and certainty for passengers.”
“These air links play a crucial role for the communities they serve and we will continue to have
dialogue with island representatives and Loganair to make sure we’re offering the best possible service.”