Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has called on Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. to listen to the concerns of local air traffic controllers around HIAL’s proposals to centralise air traffic management in Inverness.
The call followed a cross party meeting of MPs which Mr. Carmichael hosted with HIAL Chair, Lorna Jack, in Parliament last week.
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael added:
“HIAL have offered to engage with me and my Parliamentary colleagues throughout this process. I want to see that same level of engagement with Air Traffic Control staff. They must be at the heart of this process.
“They have now got as far as appointing a project manager who, it is claimed, is independent of the rest of the HIAL Management. In accepting the offer of the HIAL board to meet with the project manager I am clear that any such meeting must involve local air traffic controllers.
“I still have big concerns around the technological and connectivity viability of this plan, let alone the safety implications, and will continue to make the case to the HIAL board at our meeting before the end of the year.”