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Highlands and Islands Airports reviewing airport operating hours but will ensure lifeline services continue through coronavirus pandemic

By Gregor White

Operations could be scaled back at Inverness Airport.
Operations could be scaled back at Inverness Airport.

Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) is reviewing operations in response to cuts in services by airlines.

HIAL, which runs 11 airports including Invernss Airport, said further reductions in airline services will occur.

In a statement the company said: "HIAL’s priority is to continue to provide the lifeline services that are essential for our communities whilst maintaining the health and wellbeing of its staff.

"Therefore, HIAL is reviewing the operating hours at each of its 11 airports to accommodate current airline timetables whilst at the same time maintaining staff resilience to ensure lifeline services can continue.

"Details of any amendments to airport opening times will be detailed on the HIAL website."

The company's managing director, Inglis Lyon, said: "These are extraordinary times we find ourselves in, and our over-riding priority is the continued operation of the necessary lifeline services for our communities and the health and wellbeing of our teams.

"Our staff are following the guidelines issued by Public Health Scotland and have appropriate equipment and materials to safely execute their roles.

"We continue to review the situation and have contingency plans in place to ensure we continue to operate where needed.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff who are working to pull out the stops to do exactly that."

Detils of changes to services can be found at www.hial.co.uk

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