Inverness has been identified as the preferred location for a new state-of-the-art control centre by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial).A scoping study setting out why Inverness should be the preferred location has been accepted in principle by the regional airport operator’s board.
The board has also committed to undertaking a communities impact assessment as part of it Air Traffic Management 2030 project which will run all activities covering seven Scottish airports – Sumburgh, Dundee, Inverness, Wick John O’Groats, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Benbecula – from one centralised tower and surveillance centre.
Hial managing director Inglis Lyon said: "The scoping study identifies Inverness as having the most compelling case to support Hial’s continued delivery of its core activities.
"We have also taken the views of our staff into account and Inverness was their preferred option should relocation be required.
"Inverness is best suited from a technical, operational and staffing perspective. Inverness is centrally located in relation to the other Hial airports and has direct flights to Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Benbecula. It has road and rail connections with Dundee and Wick."
It is expected to take eight to 10 years to deliver the new system.