Transport Scotland confirm funding for Wick- Aberdeen PSO for 2024/25

Late yesterday, Transport Scotland formally confirmed funding for the Wick-Aberdeen PSO to continue in 2024/25.

This decision has come about following submission of information about the service including a substantial increase in passenger numbers over the first two years of operation.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Raymond Bremner who is also Chair of the Wick John O’ Groats Airport Consultative Committee and a local member for Wick and East Caithness, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the letter from Transport Scotland informing us that the Scottish Government has committed to its continued funding of the PSO here at Wick Airport.

“I know that this will have been a huge decision for them to make, and not an easy one, in light of all the financial challenges they face but it is testament to the hard work by everyone involved in achieving this outcome.

“This  work has included the detailed reports and information undertaken by Council officers making a sound case for continued funding, the Council’s own commitment to the funding of the PSO in the face of its own financial challenges and the discussions that have gone on between national and local government representatives, partners and stakeholders. I’m also delighted that the Scottish Government has endorsed the importance of our airport to our far north communities and its contribution to growing our local economy, improving communication and contributing to tackling the challenge of sustaining our communities and population growth.

“I’m looking forward to our continued work with the various groups including the Wick John O’ Groats Airport Consultative Committee, Focus North and the PSO working group, our partners and stakeholders to ensure that we continue to build on making Wick Airport one of the best performing airports in the HIAL airport portofolio, to continued passenger growth and continued investment in the airport facilities here in Wick. It’s now vitally important that we maintain and increase local support for the PSO route in order that we continue to ensure its future going forward.”

In the letter confirming funding, Transport Scotland highlighted that they would like to see additional growth on the route and further development of local economic opportunities.

A formal Working Group is to be established to bring together Transport Scotland, the Council, HIAL and key local stakeholders to consider how the service and the airport can operate on a more sustainable footing in the future.

The Council remains committed to working with stakeholders to develop and promote the service, not just in 2024/25 but through the full four years of the PSO as originally planned. It will be making every endeavour to achieve continued growth and to enable wider economic opportunities for the region around this service.


21 Feb 2024