Local News for Monday 4th September 2017
Four check-ins at Stornoway airport
The start of regular flights by Loganair, carrying its own livery as an independent operator, was marked on Friday at Stornoway airport. Most noticeable to travellers will be the fact that four check-in desks are now open at the airport - two serving Loganair passengers and two Flybe. It’s the first time all four desks have been in operation since the new airport opened. Loganair have taken over services on all routes in the highlands and islands, but since their decision to go it alone, Flybe has decided to compete on the lucrative Stornoway Glasgow route, working with Eastern Airways, who also serve Aberdeen passengers. The competition has seen fares slashed and increased traffic from the airport. Passengers need to book tickets, passenger assistance and check-in via the airline of their choice on one of the two airline websites.
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Local News for Monday 7th August 2017
Weekend of celebration in Stornoway
Saturday’s Lewis Carnival has been hailed ‘the best for years’ by happy islanders who spent a sunny day enjoying a buzzing atmosphere in Stornoway town centre. The Carnival, organised as always by Stornoway Round Table, was this year held in tandem with Stornoway Harbour Day, meaning streets and quays humming with music, stalls, games and activity as well as boat trips and sailing on still waters in and around the harbour. The funfair and European market were also beside the harbour, and crowds found plenty to do on an extended carnival day out. The all-important Carnival Parade was bigger than ever, led off by Lewis Pipe Band and followed by Carnival costume competitors, RNLI fundraisers and a parade of floats on DR Macleod trucks. Floats included those themed on Strictly Come Dancing, Women’s Suffrage and a new TrumPutin ferry alliance and were followed by bikers in superhero and super-villain costume, Scottish Fire and Rescue and a cavalcade of dog-walkers. The Lewis Carnival Facebook page has links to hundreds of pictures, and to comments from people who attended such as this: “Today was the best Carnival day in years, the weather helped but having it all so brilliantly organised and laid out with things going on from 11am all round the town, very well planned and organised so hats off to the committee.”
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