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Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd today (Tuesday July 27) confirmed that six of its airports will be closed on Thursday July 29 as a result of strike action by Prospect.

As a result of strike action by air traffic controllers, Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh airports will be closed to all but emergency flights on Thursday, July 29, from 00.01 for 24 hours.   

Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s managing director said: “We apologise for the inconvenience this day of strike action will cause.  The disruption will impact our passengers, airline partners and the communities we serve at a crucial time in the recovery from the effects the Covid pandemic.

“It is extremely disappointing that strike action is going ahead despite months of work with Prospect to agree a number of policies to support our colleagues’ transition to our Air Traffic Management programme. 

"We are still in talks with the union on a commuting policy and appeal to Prospect to conclude those discussions before considering any further escalation of industrial action.”

Further information is available on HIAL’s website.  Passengers with any queries relating to flights should contact their airline.

The plan to centralise all air traffic control in Inverness has run into opposition all across the Highlands and Islands – with HIAL almost literally the only major body in support of its plan. At a time when everyone else is trying to figure out innovative ways to 'work from home' in some way or other and reduce their carbon footprint, HIAL is proposing to find ways of existing staff commuting to Inverness using the flight network.