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HIAL Air Traffic Control Plans
Responding to the news that HIAL plan to centralise their air traffic control operations in Inverness, John Finnie MSP said:
“It is imperative that these highly skilled jobs are retained across the Highlands and Islands, rather than be centralised in Inverness.
“I understand Prospect’s concerns around any potential job losses, or indeed any future post deletion, given the single site decision.
“It would be interesting to understand what consideration, if any, was given to decentralising this proposal providing all the jobs in the Western or Northern isles.
“While understandable that HIAL wish to modernise its air traffic control operation it must ensure that any changes to the current model prioritise the safe operation of its airports.
“Wick airport is currently used to transfer nuclear material to the USA.
“I have been working with Highlands Against Nuclear Transport to highlight these nuclear flights in recent times and while my preference is that this extremely dangerous practice is stopped immediately, HIAL have a responsibility to ensure that the highest safety standards are observed while these nuclear flights continue to take off.”
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