Wishart highlights islander student flights


Shetland’s MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, has highlighted the student fare scheme available on Loganair ahead of students returning from University. Available via Loganair’s call centre and two select travel agents Wishart is seeking to ensure students know their options.

The ‘for students’ section of the Loganair website details the benefits, including a second piece of luggage for free and the ability to make one change to a booking without extra charge. Student fares are available to students aged 12-25 years inclusive who are enrolled in a full-time, vocational, technical, nurses training course at a college or university in the UK, and are travelling between their home and educational establishment where they are studying. The discount is also available to 12 - 25 year olds who are members of the Young Scot scheme.

Earlier this month Wishart asked the Scottish Government in a written question what consideration has been given to increasing the flight discount to islanders during the cost of living crisis. A response stated that the Scottish Government has ‘no plans to increase the discount rate for the Air Discount Scheme.’

Next month Ms Wishart will meet with the Transport Minister to raise a host of travel issues facing islanders. An original meeting date in May was rearranged due to the Minister’s schedule.

On the student discount fare Ms Wishart said:

“Students will be looking to come home to Shetland soon and with the cost of living crisis squeezing already tight budgets it is important that people are aware of all options.

“Some student bookings may be more expensive than other options and should be checked before confirming.

“The scheme covers travel from your place of learning to Shetland, so it is important to check that you are eligible.”

 

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Notes to Editors

 

Ms Wishart’s written question and the Scottish Government’s response:

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to increasing the discount under the Air Discount Scheme in light of the cost of living crisis.

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Jenny Gilruth: We are pleased to have funded the significant 50% discount through the scheme since 2016, helping residents of our remote and island communities that rely on these connections. We anticipate over £10 million of discounts being provided in 2022-23 and believe that this substantial expenditure is an important investment in islands connectivity. We currently have no plans to increase the discount rate for the Air Discount Scheme.

Loganair’s ‘for students’ page can be found here.


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