Wishart challenges SNP over air traffic control strikes


Campaigning in Sumburgh, Beatrice Wishart has today called on the First Minister to take responsibility for a series of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) policies which have negatively impacted on Shetland residents.

Ms Wishart said:

“Air traffic control strikes disrupt lifeline services to and from the isles, including patients who may be awaiting vital medical appointments. If you miss an appointment because of strikes, that puts back your treatment and delays recovery. When you may have already waited months for an appointment that can be devastating.

“The fact is that if an airport in the central belt was threatened by strikes, SNP ministers would be making it their own personal business to get things back to business as usual.

“Tavish Scott challenged Nicola Sturgeon about what she was doing to make sure that strike action was avoided. She was challenged again over HIAL’s actions on her trip to Shetland last week. Both times she ran from the challenge.

HIAL is a government owned company but it acts like a law unto itself while ministers look the other way. I will fight to keep our lifeline flights flying, end parking charges at Sumburgh and oppose centralisation of air traffic control in Inverness.”


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