Commenting on an independent report on the proposed centralization of Air Traffic Control operations in the Highlands and Islands, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure, said:
“This report confirms the arguments that the Comhairle and others have been making. This is a costly, risky, vanity project which should have been stopped long before now. The economic impact on island areas is unacceptable. The loss of jobs in the Islands is unacceptable. The risks are unacceptable. I repeat our call that HIAL think again about proceeding with these proposals and I would ask again that Scottish Government intervene.”
The report outlines that HIAL’s plans to relocate all air traffic controllers to a central location at Inverness, have underestimated the likely costs and risks of the project.