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Wick Public Service Obligation Celebrates Successful Second Year Subsidising Wick Aberdeen Flights

27th March 2024

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The Highland Council is delighted to confirm a highly successful second year for Public Service Obligation (PSO) flights between Wick and Aberdeen.

The period from April 2023 to March 2024 has seen a substantial increase in passenger numbers, with several months seeing over 1,000 passengers using the service, and overall the service has seen year on year growth of 25%.

Despite some uncertainty over funding, thanks to the hard work and support of stakeholders, further funding was secured to continue the service into 2024/25. The Council and operator are now working hard to promote the service at both ends of the route as we enter the Summer 2024 period.

As the service enters its third year, a slight change is being made to the pricing structure in light of prevailing economic conditions.

Due to increased airport and agency charges, along with continued inflationary pressures in the wider economy, from April 2024 the standard one-way fare on the route will see a slight increase of £5.00, from £49.99 to £54.99.

The Highland Council remains committed to delivering the service as a lifeline for the region and recognises the importance of affordable, accessible transport to those living in, working in, and visiting the area.

The 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: "We would like to thank all of our passengers, the team at Wick John O'Groats Airport, and local stakeholders for their continued support in making this service a success. Here's to even more good news in the third year!"

For comparison the train costs £28.10 each way unless you have a rail card but take over 7 hours at some times but only 40 minutes to fly. The train involves changing at Inverness.

 

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