“at present I am more concerned as I am hearing more and more concerning reports about the planned transfer of Shetland Radar from NATs to HIAL, which is the forerunner to all Highlands and Islands airports becoming covered by Radar.” Rhoda Grant MSP
A number of concerns were raised by Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands about the situation at Sumburgh Airport in Shetland.
MSPs were given assurances that the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) had learned lessons from the 5 years of the now discredited Remote Towers Scheme.
There are calls for an investigation into how HIAL handled the Remote Towers project and the spiralling costs it involved.
Air traffic controllers members of the Prospect trade union working at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) have voted to accept revised plans that retain jobs locally at on-site air traffic control (ATC) towers.
” politicians and the organisations that they oversee are shielded from public scrutiny and control, by passing the parcel of accountability.”
Many questions remain unanswered
“this shows what we can achieve when we combine the power of unions with the voice of local communities.” Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect
It is so far estimated that HIAL’s modernisation plans have cost £9million.
“Even if HIAL has not yet formally abandoned its centralisation proposals it’s a great New Year present, and a very good start to 2022!”