Sunday flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown take off
17 June 2013
A new Sunday air service from Glasgwo Airport to one of Scotland’s most unspoilt peninsulas has taken off.
The introduction of Sunday flights to Campbeltown has been made possible with funding from the Scottish Government, which is supporting not only flights to Campbeltown, but equally Sunday flights to Barra and Tiree.
Air transport leaders believe the new Sunday services will provide a welcome boost for the inbound tourism industry.
The Kintyre peninsula has seen a raft of new hotel and tourism related developments in recent years, including the restoration of The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown and The Ugadale Hotel at Machrihanish and the opening of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course.
Transport Minister, Keith Brown said: “I hope the pilot scheme over this summer and next will prove successful - 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.
“The Scottish Government has made significant efforts to ensure Kintyre is not just open for business but stays open for business. A new three year pilot ferry service between Campbeltown, Brodick and Ardrossan has started in the last few weeks which provides an alternative connection between Kintyre, Arran and the mainland, earlier this year we built a new emergency diversion route on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful to help mitigate the effects of road closures due to landslips at this location, and we are also working with the council on a business case to enable consideration to be given to trunking the A83 between Campbeltown and Kennacraig.
“I am delighted to add to this list of improvements and agree a new Sunday flight between Glasgow and Campbeltown be included in the service specification, and with it the additional benefits it will bring for the local economy.”
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The launch of a Sunday evening service to Campbeltown is a welcome addition to the daily midweek flights already in operation. Campbeltown relies a great deal on its direct air link with Scotland’s largest city and we are confident the area’s natural beauty, history as a whisky producing region and attraction as a tourist destination will ensure the success of this new weekend flight.”
A Loganair spokesman said: “As the operator of flights to and from Glasgow, Campbeltown, Tiree and Barra, we understand the significant contribution these routes make in terms of connectivity and tourism between the West of Scotland, Western Isles and Argyll and Bute.
“We are delighted these services will be further enhanced by the launch of the new Sunday service between Scotland’s biggest city and Campbeltown.”
The new Sunday service will operate from 16 June until 29 September. Flights depart Glasgow at 17.15, arriving in Campbeltown at 18.00. The return flight leaves Campbeltown at 18.25, arriving into Glasgow at 19.05. Flights times are designed to optimise connections via Glasgow from/to Birmingham, Belfast and London Heathrow.
Tickets are on sale at www.flybe.com, and at www.ba.com for connections to London.