Responding to the announcement by the Prospect union of further strike action by air traffic controllers at airports across the Highlands and Islands, including at Kirkwall Airport on Monday 22nd July, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“News of further strike action affecting our lifeline air services is bitterly disappointing. This will disrupt flights at the busiest time of the year.
“It is the ongoing work to rule, however, that is causing most problems for travellers. The disruption is unpredictable and difficult to avoid. Last week, for example, the refusal to agree an extension to the opening hours at Kirkwall airport saw passengers stranded in Aberdeen, including patients and a mother returning with her new-born baby.
“It underlines the impact this industrial action is having and who is paying the price.
“Again, I urge the unions and HIAL management to get back round the table and thrash out an agreement to settle this long-running and increasingly damaging dispute”.