Caaardiff From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 183 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
Unless highland change their agreement with the Welsh Assembly, then the operating aircraft will remain as a J31.
The Assembly fund for 18 seats only per flight. Even if a J41 did operate, it would be restricted to carrying 18 passengers.
I think This agreement is in place for at least another year or 2.
Recent surveys, and passenger figures has proved how popular the route is and that passengers are willing to pay more than the subsidised fare.
There have also been several articles criticising the subsidy saying it is over subsidised in comparision to other forms of transport.
Highland airways are not the most ambitious of airlines, they take regional subsidies and do nothing with them. Business wise, is a safe move. But potential wise is somewhat lacking. They could make a real success of this route, and quite a nice profit.