Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, will on Thursday lead a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Mr. Carmichael said that the debate was an opportunity to raise important issues surrounding aviation safety in the Northern Isles, in the wake of an incident at Kirkwall Airport last year, in which a flight took off without air traffic control support, and the proposal by Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) to centralise air traffic control in Inverness.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr. Carmichael said:
“I am glad that we have secured this debate, on a topic that is crucial to our communities in the isles. Air services are lifeline services. Local people deserve reassurance that these flights are safe.”
“I have voiced my concerns before about the transparency of the CAA’s reporting into the incident at Kirkwall Airport last year. I hope that this will be the start of renewed attention on the CAA’s efforts. Transparency is the foundation of our trust in aviation safety.
“That transparency must also be practised by HIAL. Their repeated assertion that their centralisation of air traffic control in Inverness has not properly addressed the professional objections that have been raised against it.”