David Stewart MSP

David Stewart comments on the threat to HIAL’s development at Inverness Airport

“It’s unclear from the Scottish budget whether funds are to be available for the development at Inverness airport or not.

“I am concerned that this government is sidelining key lifeline transport provision in the North of Scotland.

“As well as these fears over the improvements to the terminal at Inverness airport the SNP minority government budget is running down the air discount scheme and the route development plan.

“Transport policy in the North has to reflect our economic needs for jobs and tourism.

“The challenges are to develop better, more efficient services across the range of public transport – on our railways, our roads and in the air.

“Inverness airport is a key driver in the competitiveness of the Highlands and Islands.

“Not only is it important for inward investment it also sustains and develops existing businesses in the north of Scotland.

“There should rightly be a focus on the environment.

“Many of the local services from Inverness are Turboprop planes, which are more efficient and environmentally friendly, and given the current infrastructure of the Highlands the internal UK flights provided by HIAL services are replacing multiple car journeys.

“I have been in contact with Inglis Lyon, managing Director of HIAL, and in my role as a member of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee I will be pressing the government to address the challenges facing the people and businesses in the Highlands and Islands.”

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Written by davidstewart

November 20, 2007 at 9:44 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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