“It’s time for an immediate review.”
“It is disappointing that the Minister is unwilling to engage constructively with this cross-party group of elected representatives.” – Liam McArthur MSP
“I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction and proper consultation with employees and affected communities can begin.” Rhoda Grant MSP
“significant unanswered questions” About HIAL’s Remote Towers: Letter to Scottish Transport Minister
“This letter, signed by local and national politicians of all parties, demonstrates the strength of feeling about HIAL’s ill-considered plans to remove high value jobs from the communities they serve.”
“In their written submission, the petitioners argue that the public boards which have been put in place to deliver lifeline services to island communities do not value or recognise how those with island knowledge could enhance their decision making.”
Scottish Greens Say They Will Continue To Challenge HIAL’s Remote Towers Regardless of The SNP/Green Deal
“”The Orkney Greens will continue to oppose the centralisation plans contained in the HIAL ATMS proposals”
The failure of the Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey to engage with HIAL’s air traffic controllers has been described as a ‘missed opportunity’ by the trade union representing them.
“For us here in Orkney and in the other two islands authorities, this document fails to deliver on the Islands Act. “
“”I find it shameful and astonishing that neither the Cabinet Secretary for Transport nor the Transport minister has been prepared to meet, listen and learn as I have done today”
“Given the infancy of the technology, we find it difficult to assure these communities that that service can be provided in the event of bad weather, infrastructural damage or cyber-attack.’’- HIAL’S Remote Towers
The European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) has issued a statement condemning Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) for their plans to reduce the current level of the air traffic control services at six airports in Highlands and Islands and further centralizing them remotely.