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Industrial Action – Confirmation of Airport Closures

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The following HIAL airports will be closed as a result of the strike action by airport fire service and security members of Prospect Union on the following days in March.

 Dates Location 
8 March 2023StornowayCLOSED
9 March 2023StornowayCLOSED
10 March 2023BenbeculaCLOSED
13 March 2023DundeeCLOSED
17 March 2023DundeeCLOSED

The following airports will be open as normal during strike days throughout March:

•                 Barra

•                 Campbeltown

•                 Sumburgh

•                 Tiree

•                 Wick John O’Groats

Kirkwall Airport will only operate inter-island flights on 10 March 2023.

Airport fire service members of Prospect will also take action short of a strike which will be continuous action and will start on 18 March 2023.

This will include withdrawal of good will; work to rosters; an overtime ban; refusal of non-ambulance extensions or special openings. 

This may cause additional disruption and we are working with local teams to minimise this wherever possible.

HIAL met with representatives from the trade unions on Wednesday 1 March.

The discussions were positive; however, the trade unions confirmed that as no formal offer had been tabled, the industrial action planned to start on 8 March 2023 would continue as planned.

Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s Managing Director said:

“We apologise for the disruption this will cause for our customers. 

“The ongoing industrial action is having a significant impact on our airline partners and the announcement by Loganair to temporarily suspend some flights will cause considerable disruption for our island communities.

“At the meeting with the trade unions we sought, and obtained, clarity on the key elements on their claim in a bid to resolve the dispute.  

“The unions appreciate HIAL’s position within the complexities of the wider public sector pay discussions.

“It is vital that we find a mutual solution to resolve this dispute and will now discuss our options within the parameters of public sector pay flexibility with the HIAL Board and Transport Scotland.”

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