Future assured for Fair Isle airstrip as councillors agree to pay up

Fears over the future of the air link to Fair Isle were eased this week when Shetland Islands Council agreed a grant of £15,000 for the airstrip.

Owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland, the airstrip currently makes a loss of over £16,000 a year.

Incoming revenue of £11,400 from flight landings is offset by £16,000 in staff wages and a further £14,000 incurred through maintenance, capital works, licensing, administration, training and travel subsistence.

In September last year the National Trust appealed to the council for help, but a decision was deferred in February until a meeting with the trust and further information could be provided.

A statement before Tuesday’s meeting of the SIC infrastructure committee explained that the increased cost of health and safety, annual surveys and training made it impossible to continue without an annual grant from the council.

The committee unanimously approved the recommendation to provide the £15,000 grant, with Shetland South councillor Jim Budge saying it was important for the service to continue.


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.