Highlands & Islands

Sunday flights for Campbeltown, Kintyre

It is hoped a new Sunday air service to Campbeltown in Kintyre will help increase tourism to the area.

Until the end of September, passengers will be able to visit for the weekend, returning to Glasgow on a Sunday.

There have been a number of recent tourism-related developments on the peninsula, including the restoration of two hotels and a new golf course.

The Scottish government provided funding for the route as well as for Sunday flights to Barra and Tiree.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said the Sunday flight pilot scheme was in addition to other transport improvements to Kintyre, including a new ferry service between Campbeltown, Brodick and Ardrossan, and an emergency diversion route on the A83 in case of landslips.

He said: "All of our efforts are aimed at making transport links more resilient and reliable as well as providing more travel options for those who live and work in Kintyre and those who want to visit this beautiful corner of Scotland."

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Hial, which operates Campbeltown Airport, said: "The area's economy has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years with significant investment in new hotel and leisure developments, and the emergence of renewable technologies.

"The new Sunday service reflects the diversity of the local economy and the strong inbound tourism potential of the region."

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