Responding to news that HIAL is issuing an £8.5million tender for remote air traffic control services, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“At a time when the Coronavirus pandemic has brought aviation to a standstill, it is astonishing that HIAL is pressing on regardless with its plans to centralise air traffic control services.
“Nobody disputes the need to modernise air traffic control services across the Highlands and Islands but plans to centralise services in Inverness were identified by HIAL’s own advisors as being both the costliest and riskiest option.
“As airlines and airports are giving serious thought to the impact of Covid-19 will have on their future operations and even viability, logic would suggest that HIAL should be taking stock as well. Rather than pressing on with a costly procurement process, now would seem a sensible time for HIAL and Scottish Ministers to look again at whether this is a sensible or affordable policy”.