Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Skye's views on its missing air link are being sought as part of an international research project.

Research Fellow and Part-time Lecturer at at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Dr. Graeme Baxter, is keen to get local views about what impact the loss of a regular air service has had and continues to have on the local community.

In an open invitation currently circulation around local groups and organisations, Dr Baxter says: "I’m currently involved in a project called SPARA 2020, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

"SPARA stands for Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports. The project has partners in Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway and Australia, and there is a project website at

"Robert Gordon University is looking at the social and cultural importance of small, remote airports to their local communities. This involves holding exhibitions of old photographs of the airports (of planes, staff, passengers, buildings, etc.) in the terminal buildings and asking exhibition visitors to share their memories and stories of the airport, and to give us their thoughts on the importance of their local airport to the wider community. So far, we have held exhibitions at Kirkwall Airport in Orkney, at Donegal Airport in Ireland, and at Sundsvall Airport in Sweden.

"As we had also been asked to look at a community that had lost its air passenger services within living memory, we also held an exhibition on Skye, at the Broadford Village Hall and at Portree Community Library, from 29 August to 3 September.

"We would also like to conduct some telephone interviews with representatives of various organisations and community groups and would include questions about what impact the loss of air services has had on the day-to-day lives of the local community, and about the potential re-opening of the Broadford Airfield.

Dr Baxter, who can be contacted at the Aberdeen Business School's Department of  Information Management added: ""We realise that there have been a number of feasibility studies conducted in recent years, relating to the potential re-opening of the airfield at Broadford, and that you may well have already participated in some of these. However, our research is independent of these studies."

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