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Jamie Stone: 'Now we can argue the case for more Wick flights'

By Alan Hendry

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Eastern Airways' 29-seater Jetstream 41 at Wick John O'Groats Airport.
Eastern Airways' 29-seater Jetstream 41 at Wick John O'Groats Airport.

Jamie Stone wants to see additional flights from Wick John O'Groats Airport following this week's positive news about Scottish Government funding.

Transport Scotland announced on Wednesday that its support for the Wick/Aberdeen public service obligation (PSO) will continue in 2024/25, ending a period of uncertainty about the prospects for the route.

Mr Stone, the Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, described the airport as crucial to the local economy.

"This good news just goes to show that intense lobbying pays off," he said. "Well done Caithness of Chamber of Commerce, Focus North and all others who have been calling for this.

"Now we can build on the PSO and argue the case for still more flights in and out of Wick.

"The future of Wick John O'Groats Airport is utterly crucial to the economy for the far north. As we strive to get new high-quality jobs with the Sutherland Spaceport and the Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, our transport links are vital."

Councillor Jan McEwan, who represents Wick and East Caithness on Highland Council and is the town's provost, said: "This is excellent news and I'm sure passenger numbers will continue to increase to ensure the security of this service.

"It is just a pity the announcement wasn’t made sooner, as this would have alleviated the uncertainty everyone has had.

"I hope that Wick airport now goes from strength to strength and even opens up other destinations, which would offer even more potential and would have a very positive impact on the Caithness economy."

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