City region deal project information

Air access

This initiative will create a key stakeholder group to take forward the commitment to make sure the importance of effective regional air access to the highland economy is recognised by policy makers and industry and will work with us to consider mechanisms for promoting improved regional access.

Latest position

The recent focus of the partners’ air access activities include:

  • The development of best value options for the re-introduction of air services to Ashaig Aerodrome on the Isle of Skye;

  • Making the case for continuing to have appropriate arrangements in place for all airports within the Highlands and Islands in respect to Air Passenger Duty and any potential successor arrangements;
  • Engaging with the Department for Transport on the development of the UK Aviation Strategy to ensure the region’s voice is heard in the development of that important policy document and developing a robust Highlands and Islands submission to the Green Paper consultation; and
  • Securing the extension of the Air Discount Scheme for business use and student travel.  

Deal Funding N/A
Project Lead Ranald Robertson (HITRANS)