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PE01804: Halt Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd's Air Traffic Management Strategy

Transport

Petitioner: Alasdair MacEachen, John Doig and Peter Henderson on behalf of Benbecula Community Council

Status:
Lodged

Date Lodged: 06 May 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to halt Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd's Air Traffic Management Strategy Project to conduct an independent assessment of the decisions and decision-making process of the ATMS project.

 

Petition History:

SPICe briefing (143KB pdf)

Summary

1 October 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. It also agreed to write to Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, Loganair, Prospect, and relevant airports and local authorities. Link to Official Report of Meeting 1 October 2020

16 December 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee. The Committee also agreed to invite representatives of Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd and Transport Scotland to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report of Meeting 16 December 2020

17 February 2021: The Committee took evidence from Inglis Lyon, Managing Director; Gary Cobb, Chief Operating Officer; and Pat Nolan, ATM Professional Advisor, Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd. The Committee agreed to consider the evidence heard at a future meeting. Link to Official Report of Meeting 17 February 2021

24 February 2021: The Committee took evidence from Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity; and Gary Cox, Head of Aviation, Transport Scotland. The Committee agreed to continue this petition and include it in its legacy paper for its successor Committee, along with a suggestion to seek an update from the Scottish Government on the issues of concern raised during the evidence session. The Committee also agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Link to Official Report of Meeting 24 February 2021 

Written submissions

The connections our air services provide across Scotland from Benbecula to Sumburgh to Dundee are necessary for our communities’ health, economy and leisure. Islanders in particular depend on our life-line air services and HIAL's ATMS project could mean a significant increase in delays and cancellations in airports already often constrained by extreme weather.

Do you agree that there should be an independent assessment of the decisions and decision-making process of the ATMS project?

Lerwick Community Council has serious concerns about the safety issues relating to the remote air traffic control service that is proposed by HIAL.

Frances Valente - Clerk

11:52 on 05 May 2020

We should be trying to decentralise highly paid jobs from the Central Belt. This is doing the opposite.

Brian Robertson

15:13 on 02 May 2020

In addition to the loss of jobs in remote communities it will introduce large areas of controlled airspace in remote areas of Scotland that will impact General Aviation in particular.

Paul Horth

22:50 on 23 Apr 2020

How long must remote communities continue to suffer from this outside-in perspective which takes away the services which help bind us together?

Calvin Allen

11:34 on 21 Apr 2020

Centralising services not for efficiency but to allow closer political control.

Andrew Mackintosh

17:54 on 20 Apr 2020

I believe this is a safety issue and should be abandoned. It will also remove high paid jobs on the islands

Marie shearer

17:47 on 20 Apr 2020

Safety before profit. Scottish Government must get involved and engage with unions particularly Prospect, who know have members with skills and expertise in this field.

Jim McEleny

18:15 on 15 Apr 2020

This proposal is ridiculous. If it is such a great idea then why dont we turn this idea on its head and "control" HIALs airports from the islands? After all Scotlands political foundations are entwined in supporting the remote regions. Get a grip HIAL!

Stuart Smith

21:24 on 14 Apr 2020

Absolutely diabolical idea no regards towards people's safety madness of the first degree

Angus MacDonald

12:07 on 07 Apr 2020

Please, for all our safety, halt the transfer to Inverness

VIVIENNE WILSON

13:22 on 06 Apr 2020

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