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Shetland Islands Council are currently undertaking a study into issues residents have in using the Inter-Island Transport links. They will be holding a series of meetings throughout Shetland, these will be at:
- Monday 29 August - Whalsay, Symbister Hall, 4pm - 8pm
- Tuesday 30 August - Bressay Hall, 4pm - 8pm
- Wednesday 31 August - Foula School, 10am – 1pm; then Fair Isle Hall, 5pm - 8pm
- Thursday 1 September - Mid Yell Hall, 4pm - 8pm
- Friday 2 September - Skerries Hall, 10.30am – 3pm
You can view the results of consultation and feasability for inter-island transport links and complete an online survey giving you the opportunity to feedback directly to the SIC on this information at http://www.shetland.gov.uk/transport/consultations.asp
Icelandair has recently announced that they will begin flights from Keflavik in Iceland to Aberdeen 4 days a week from the 9th of March 2016. Icelandair have operated flights to Glasgow for several years now but never have they come so close to Shetland.
Since the Norröna stopped calling in to Lerwick we have had little reason to look towards the Icelandic market. But in recent years there has been a little more collaboration with the Iclenader's, there have been various art projects which have seen Shetlander's & Icelander's working together. When Shetland host the North Atlantic Native Sheep Conference in 2013 there was a delegation of Icelander's who attended and when Iceland hosted the conference last year a delegation of Shetlander's took up the opportunity to visit Iceland. This November will see the Shetland's first Crime Writting Festival "Shetland Noir" which is being held in partnership with the "Iceland Noir" festival, so there is perhaps more happening between Shetland and Iceland as you may think.
Iceland has also become a gateway for American travellers and this route could provide easier access to Shetland for visitors for the US & Canada.
For anyone following the routes of the Vikings it will also be easier than ever now to combine flights from Iceland to Scotland, boat or flight to Orkney & Shetland and flights to Norway.
Or for the geologist it would be possible to visit the ancient remains of a volcano here in Shetland, stop along one of the greatest oil industry cities in the world and then visit an active volcano in Iceland.
So for all of you with friends in Iceland lets get the word of mouth going that Shetland just got a step closer.
As you have probably heard Shetland will soon have a new air connection to Norway starting on the 24th of November 2014. Operators Bergen Air Transport will be offering 12 seats on their Beechcraft King Air B200 flight which will also be providing a cargo service flying on Thursday's & Monday's so perfect for weekend get-aways.
As well as the year round service providing us an excellent opportuintiy to pick up a increased number of visitors from our neighbour the cargo options of this flight re-opens the opportunites available to Shetland in exploiting the North Sea Cycle Route which since the end of the sea link with Bergen has been increasingly difficult as there is no guarentee with Flybe/ Loganair that your bike would be able to travel with you.
Along with the news that Flybe/Loganair are to start running their flights slightly longer to capture the travellers who wish to go between Norway & Shetland for Norwegian Constitution Day this provides us with an excellent opportunity to increase our focus on the opportunities available in the Scandinavian Market.
If there are any businesses who are particularly keen to capitalise on these new links there is a consumer travel fair being held in Bergen on the 17th & 18th of January, for more information check out Reiselivsmessen