News and Information
Air Discount Scheme extended to Third Sector
17 July 2012 - Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland's remotest communities will welcome news they can now take advantage of discounted air fares said Transport Minister Keith Brown today.
The Minister was speaking during a visit to Stornoway where he confirmed the Scottish Government has extended the Air Discount Scheme (ADS) to travel undertaken by volunteers and employees of third sector organisations.
Mr Brown said:
"Since its introduction in 2006, the Air Discount Scheme has been an overwhelming success. Its 70,000 members have taken advantage of the 40% discount on core fares with over 1 million tickets discounted to date.
"We are committed to ensuring that the scheme is targeted at and used by those who benefit most and that is why I am delighted to make this announcement today.
"By extending the scheme to the third sector, organisations that help some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities will be assisted in maintaining networks and accessing training opportunities which are essential to the work they undertake.
"This initiative takes effect immediately and we hope as many organisations as possible take up this opportunity in the interests of promoting the work of this vital sector and supporting the social wellbeing of the communities they serve."
Organisations who wish to find out more information on the ADS and to take advantage of the Scheme should register their interest with the Air Discount Scheme Administrative Team by contacting them at PO Box 5715, Inverness, IV1 9AS or at firstname.lastname@example.org or on freephone 0800 0322890.