Final call for Skye Airport Survey (24/12/12)

Issued by HIghlands and Islands Enterpirse on behalf of partners.

Over 800 responses have been received so far for a survey assessing the potential of air services for Skye.

RDC Aviation has been appointed by HITRANS, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Highland Council to conduct the independent research. Its questions are primarily aimed at businesses but the survey is also seeking views from others with an interest.

Its findings will help assess demand - to determine which destinations could be most viable and the potential frequency of flights.

Final submissions are being invited over the holiday period as the survey will close mid January and the report will conclude early in 2013.

The survey can be found at http://www.rdcaviation.com/survey/skye/

Initial findings so far include:

  • Overall, 91% of people who have responded to the survey have stated they would be likely or very likely to use air services if introduced from the Isle of Skye.
  • Over 90% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that air services would help reduce the perception of Skye as being remote.
  • Over 90% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that air services would be important for helping to sustain Skye's economy as a whole.
  • Glasgow International and Edinburgh airports have been cited as being the most attractive, with 48% of people likely to use services to these airports.
  • Business, family and leisure are the most important reasons for air services, though the ability for air services to connect to other onward connections were also stated as being very important.
  • Over 90% of people would be likely or very likely to use an air service on Mondays and Fridays, with other week days still likely or very likely to be used by at least 75% of people.

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