Scottish fliers have enjoyed 13 per cent air fares in last year

Air passengers flying from Scotland have seen fares reduced by an average 13 per cent over the last year, according to Edinburgh-based flight search firm Skyscanner.

Wednesday, 19th April 2017, 12:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:18 pm
Budget airline Norwegian could help further cut average fares to New York with the launch of flights from Edinburgh in June.

That compares to an average 10 per cent reduction across the UK.

The company said falling oil prices and increased competition may have contributed to cheaper tickets.

Skyscanner's figures suggest passengers on European routes saw the largest price cuts.

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They also showed long-haul travellers from Scotland recorded a 7 per cent reduction - similar to the fall across the UK.

There was a 5 per cent price reduction in UK flights from Scotland, but that was lower than the 7.5 per cent across the UK.

Journeys from Scotland which showed the greatest reductions included a 14 per cent cut in the average fare to Vancouver to £579 - a saving of £91.

Orlando in Florida, one of Scotland's most popular flight destinations, saw a 13 per cent cut to £538 - £79 less than the previous year.

Scots flying to Las Vegas paid an £83 less, or 12 per cent, with the average fare down to £597.

New York-bound passengers saw a smaller reduction, of 6 per cent, or £30, to £477.

However, the savings may increase this year because low-cost airline Norwegian is launching budget flights to an airport north of the city from Edinburgh in June.

It follows Delta last year joining two other airlines - United and American - in competing between Edinburgh and New York, which is thought to have reduce average fares.

The Skyscanner figures were based on flights in the year to last month compared to the previous year.

Skyscanner travel editor Cat McGloin said: "Whilst it is hard to predict the exact future trends of flight prices and if they will continue to drop, what we do know is the price of oil, flight demand and route availability all impact on the cost of flights.

"Finding cheap prices can be easily if travellers are flexible.

"Choosing to depart from a different airport or changing the date of travel are just two quick hacks to consider.”