Aviation enthusiasts are set to benefit from more seats on trains this weekend when the International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight lands on the Ayr seafront.

The action-packed festival runs from Friday, September 8 until Sunday, September 10, with a host of spectacular aerial displays taking place on Saturday, 9 September. 

To support the event, ScotRail is adding extra carriages to trains between Glasgow Central and Ayr, throughout the day on Saturday, 9 September and Sunday, 10 September. 

Customers should be aware that services in Ayrshire are expected to be much busier than normal, with the Friday and Saturday of the show coinciding with the final two days of the Largs Viking Festival.

In Ayr, Stagecoach West Scotland, in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, will operate a park and ride shuttle bus service taking train passengers to and from the air show, with buses operating every 15 minutes between Burns Statute Square, outside Ayr railway station, and Seafield Road. 

Queuing systems are expected to be in place at key stations, so ScotRail is advising customers to allow extra time for their journey. 

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The train operator will have extra staff on hand to assist customers, and everyone is reminded that the carrying and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on ScotRail trains and in ScotRail stations. 

Phil Campbell, ScotRail's customer operations director, said: “The International Ayr Show provides a host of great family entertainment, and we’re looking forward to playing our part in making it a successful and enjoyable weekend. 

“To help the event run smoothly, we’re adding more seats to trains to and from Ayr on Saturday and Sunday, but services will be busier than normal, so customers should plan ahead and leave plenty of time for travel. 

“I’d encourage everyone to purchase their train tickets before boarding to make their travel experience as smooth as possible.

"The mTicket system, available on the ScotRail app, offers a convenient way to secure your tickets and download them straight to your mobile phone, avoiding any unnecessary queues on the day.”