Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland’s remotest communities will welcome news they can now take advantage of discounted air fares Transport Minister Keith Brown has announced.
The Minister was speaking during a visit to Stornoway where he confirmed the Scottish Government has extended the Air Discount Scheme to travel undertaken by volunteers and employees of third sector organisations.
Mr Brown said: “Since its introduction in 2006, the Air Discount Scheme has been an overwhelming success. Over 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 undertake.
“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.”