Loch Lomond Seaplanes yesterday (Mon) recorded a 20 per cent increase in bookings for flights to Oban following a rail crash near the Falls of Cruachan by Loch Awe.
The Glasgow to Oban train service derailed shortly before 9pm on Sunday evening, possibly as the result of a landslide which left boulders on the track, and both carriages were left hanging precariously over the edge of a 15-metre embankment.
As a result of the incident rail services were disrupted and a section of the main A85 was closed to traffic forcing motorists heading to Oban from Glasgow to take a 30 miles detour and add a further 60 minutes to their normal drive time of two hours and nine minutes.
As a result of the disruption Loch Lomond Seaplanes received a rush of inquiries for their on-demand service between Glasgow City Centre and Oban and were able to accommodate a number of stranded passengers.
“Thankfully nobody was seriously injured in the derailment,” said David West, Director and founder of Loch Lomond Seaplanes.
“Fortunately, we were able to help some of those passengers who had to make alternative travel arrangements. We are always very busy at this time of year but luckily we were glad to help as many people as we could. Bookings for our Oban service were up by at least 20 per cent.
“We will continue to try and accommodate as many people as we can while the disruption continues.”
Last year Loch Lomond Seaplanes carried more than 6,000 passengers on the 24 minute flight between Glasgow and Oban. The airline, which is the only one of its kind in the UK, already has plans to expand flights to a number of destinations in the coming months.
Three years ago, Loch Lomond Seaplanes, flew emergency supplies into Inveraray Bay for a local hotel after a landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful closed the A83 for a number of days.
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