Digital Scotland criticisms of HIAL centralisation show a bad plan badly executed – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has commented on the release today of a report by a Digital Scotland into HIAL’s plans to centralise Air Traffic Control, which found “major” issues and concerns threatening the viability of the project, labelling it as a chance to make a “fresh start” and to scrap the plans.

Mr Carmichael said:

“The best that you can say about the HIAL executive’s plans to cut jobs and resilience away from islands air traffic control is that at least they are not very good at executing those plans. That is small comfort when you consider the sheer amount of money thrown at centralisation by HIAL and the SNP. Today’s report is just the latest demonstration of the centralisation project being a bad idea, badly executed.

“How many damning reports will it take for HIAL and the SNP to set aside their obsession with undermining island communities? The Scottish Government has a chance with a new parliament to make a fresh start and stop these harmful centralisation plans. It is high time to change course – and ensure the future safety and stability of isles air transport.”

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