Insider - Peter A Walker

Gap in funding causes company board to 'reappraise priorities'

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has confirmed its intention to scale back air traffic modernisation plans, in response to the funding challenges facing the country.

HIAL’s management team presented a paper to the board at its meeting at the end of August highlighting the impact of the "considerable gap" between the funding available and the company’s operational and strategic plans, including its air traffic modernisation proposals.

HIAL said there will be a centralised surveillance operation for Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Inverness and Dundee airports, based at its existing approach radar facility on the Inverness airport site, with air traffic tower services continuing to be provided locally.

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