6 Dec 2004
Air Caledonian made its maiden flight this morning (Monday December 6), linking Glasgow Prestwick and the islands of Lewis and Harris for the first time.
Scotland's newest airline will fly twice-daily to Stornoway and the City of Derry.
Fares to Stornoway start at £129 return which includes all taxes and charges. Air Caledonian says that makes it the affordable choice over BA CitiExpress/Loganair whose fare from Glasgow Airport to Stornoway can be well over £200 depending on when and how the booking is made.
It's also offering free return rail tickets throughout Scotland to its passengers.
Its twice-daily flight times allow customers to spend most of the working day in the islands.
Air Caledonian Marketing Manager Christopher Bartram says: "This is a great day for the airline.
"We are the affordable choice for islanders on Lewis and Harris, whether they are on business, shopping or visiting friends. The new flights will also be the cheapest way for people in the central belt to access the islands.
"We will initially be using a 15-seat Embraer Bandeirante but if, as we hope, our service proves to be a success, we will bring in a bigger aircraft."
Glasgow Prestwick International is the only airport in Scotland served by its own railway station. The station, which is just 80 metres from the check-in desks, is connected to the airport by an enclosed skywalk. The journey to Glasgow Central station is just 40 minutes.
There is no direct train service to Glasgow Airport. Rail passengers to that airport have to get a bus, a taxi or walk from Paisley Gilmour Street station.
Glasgow Prestwick Passenger Sales Manager Paula Horne said: "Air Caledonian's new services will offer our two million passengers two more attractive destinations from Scotland's fastest-growing airport.
"And the new routes will allow people in the Stornoway and The City of Derry areas to connect with Ryanair's low-cost flights here at Prestwick, giving them the choice of seventeen great destinations such as Dusseldorf, Dublin, London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Oslo."
Mr Bartram added: "Air Caledonian's objective is to provide Scots with an affordable, reliable and more frequent service to and from Stornoway and the City of Derry."
The City of Derry flights commences on December 14, with all-inclusive return fares starting at £99.
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