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Unite the Union has confirmed that they intend to call upon members at airports in the Western Isles to strike for 48 hours at all of the isles’ three airports.

Union members will take strike action at Barra, Benbecula and Stornoway airports, starting at one minute past midnight on Tuesday 21 February and continuing up to midnight on Thursday 23 February.

HIAL later confirmed that as a result of this industrial dispute, the following airports will be closed for flights on Tuesday 21 February, Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February 2023:

  • Barra
  • Benbecula
  • Kirkwall
  • Stornoway
  • Sumburgh
  • Tiree

 Inverness airport will remain open.

Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s managing director said: “We apologise in advance for the disruption this action by Unite colleagues will cause for our airlines and passengers.  I would urge anyone intending to travel on these dates to contact with their airline.”

“The enhanced offer we presented maximised the flexibility within the Scottish Government’s pay policy.  However, we remain in dialogue with Transport Scotland the trade unions in an attempt to resolve the matter.”