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20/12/13 00:01

Flights between Scotland and Isle of Man take off

Flights between Scotland and Isle of Man take off: Transport-airport-departures

Direct airlink reinstated following First Minister’s visit to Isle of Man in July.

Direct flights between Glasgow and the Isle of Man are to be reinstated in Spring 2014 following discussions between First Minister Alex Salmond and IoM Chief Minister Allan Bell.

Mr Salmond and Mr Bell met during a visit by the First Minister to the island last July when they pledged to work together to restore the airlink before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Salmond said:

“This was a route that was too good to lose.

“When we met in the summer, the Chief Minister and I made a pledge to restore these flights between Scotland and the Isle of Man in time for the Commonwealth Games and both governments have worked hard together to make this happen. I’d also like to congratulate Glasgow Airport on their efforts in securing this route.

“I’m pleased to say that the service will, in fact, be back up and running well before the summer as it was simply too important a connection to lose.

“Next year will see special events in Scotland and the Isle of Man. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will see a team from the Isle of Man competing and the TT race on the island is always popular.

“These flights will serve as a symbol of the close historical and cultural links between Scotland and the Isle of Man, providing a boost to tourism and business on both sides of the water.”

Mr Bell said:

“The Isle of Man Government is pleased to have worked in partnership with the Scottish Government to help restore the important direct air link serving our two countries, as we promised to do when the First Minister visited the island in July this year.

“This is good news for the Isle of Man as a centre for business and tourism, and it can only reinforce the valued social and economic connections that exist between the Scots and the Manx. We look forward to welcoming more visitors from Scotland in 2014, and to flying the Three Legs flag at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said:

“We have been working hard to reinstate flights to the Isle of Man following the withdrawal in June of the previous service. It has always been a popular route and we are delighted that Glasgow Airport will be able to offer Scotland’s only direct service to the island.

“Citywing’s nine weekly flights will safeguard Scotland’s important links with the Manx economy and perhaps more importantly, they will be operational in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games when the Isle of Man will be one of the 70 competing countries.”

Citywing Managing Director, David Buck, said:

"I am delighted we have been able to restore this vital link between the two communities of the Isle of Man and Scotland.

“There is a long history of business, social and cultural links between the two. It is a pleasure to introduce the direct flights from the 31st of March 2014. It is particularly pleasing to restore this link in time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, benefitting both athletes and fans from the Island.

“The Isle of Man, like Scotland, promises a warm and friendly welcome. We very much hope that passengers will take advantage of our new direct service and discover what our lovely island has to offer. Similarly, we hope business passengers will find the service beneficial."

This announcement highlights the very positive relationship between the Scottish and Isle of Man Governments. Ministers and officials work together primarily through the forum of the British Irish Council and have recently collaborated on a number of issues including the development and preservation of indigenous languages, renewable energy and education.

Earlier this year, services between Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Isle of Man were ended. Scottish and Isle of Man Government officials have worked with Citywing, an Isle of Man based aircraft chartering company, to introduce the new service to Glasgow.

From the end of March 2014, Citywing will operate nine return flights per week between Glasgow Airport and the Isle of Man, with a view to increasing that number as demand takes off.

Notes to editors

Citywing Glasgow – Isle of Man initial service frequency:

Day

Number of departures from Glasgow

Sunday

One

Monday

One

Tuesday

Two

Wednesday

Two

Thursday

Two

Friday

One

Saturday

N/A

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