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.
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!”
“Confirmation by the Minister that the ‘remote tower’ procurement has been cancelled is welcome.” Liam McArthur MSP
“It is a shambles of monumental proportions – one which is costing time, and money and not even meeting the actual requirements of the CAA, let alone those of communities. “
Talks have been constructive with both HIAL and Prospect agreeing a middle ground to move the discussions forward.