“It is already the case that HIAL’s handling of air traffic control centralisation has left many staff based in the islands deeply unhappy. As well as the proposals themselves, there have been legitimate criticisms made about a lack of proper consultation.
These reports suggest that the problems extend more widely. Given the lifeline nature of our air services, any threat of industrial action that might disrupt those services must be taken extremely seriously. This is a concern I have raised with HIAL and will be bringing to the attention of the Transport Minister as well.”