Concerns over remote digital towers (

May 18, 2017

Unions and local politicians have voiced serious concern after it emerged that Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) is looking at proposals to do away with air traffic control towers across its network of airports.

Dozens of highly skilled and well paid jobs could be on the line if HIAL centralises air traffic control to one remote digital tower – likely to be based at Inverness.

Trade union Prospect said it would oppose attempts to move air traffic control jobs from the islands as HIAL – a company owned by Scottish ministers – had an obligation to be serving rural communities.

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