Peter A Walker

A cross party group of MSPs, MPs, council leaders, community members and trade unionists has written to the Scottish Government demanding they engage with them on the Highland and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) plan for remote air traffic control towers in Inverness.

Prospect, which represents air traffic control personnel at HIAL, is in dispute with the company over the proposals.

The issue centres on HIAL's proposal to use a central hub in Inverness to control air traffic at the airport, along with unmanned towers at Sumburgh in Shetland, Dundee, Wick John O'Groats, Kirkwall in Orkney, and Stornoway and Benbecula in the Western Isles.

Prospect said the move would result in the loss of 50 jobs, as well as being less safe than manned air traffic control towers.

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