Air Discount Scheme

The aim of the Air Discount Scheme (ADS) is to tackle the problem of high air fares in the most peripheral parts of the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland and to improve social inclusion in the areas it covers.

Giving a 50% discount on core air fares for residents of Caithness and parts of Sutherland, Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles on eligible routes, it also applies to students from these areas who are studying away from home. 

There is no restriction on the number of trips per eligible person. 

Eligible routes include those within the eligible area as well as services from the eligible area to any airport within the EEA – currently Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Bergen, London Southend and Manchester.

From 1 April 2019, the scheme is also being extended to cover the whole of the Caithness area and further parts of Sutherland. Students studying in the eligible areas, but whose main residence is elsewhere, will also be included in the scheme.

Scheme renewed until 31 December 2020

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson announced that the scheme has been renewed until 31 December 2020.

Find out more

Further information on the ADS, including how to apply for membership, is available online at the Air Discount Scheme website or by speaking to an ADS team member on freephone 0800 0322890.