HIAL boosts turnover

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

HIGH­LANDS and Is­lands Air­ports Lim­ited (HIAL) is re­port­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in turnover and pas­sen­ger num­bers for the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year.

The com­pany, which is owned by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and is re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion of 11 air­ports across the High­lands and Is­lands, has boosted turnover to £22 mil­lion, in­creased pas­sen­ger num­bers by 15.4 per cent to 1.6 mil­lion, and cut losses from £3.38 mil­lion in 2015/16 to just £8,000, for the same pe­riod in 2016/17.

Fig­ures lodged yes­ter­day (Oc­to­ber 4) also high­light a con­tin­ued in­vest­ment of £16 mil­lion across the group’s air­ports at Barra, Ben­bec­ula, Camp­bel­town, Dundee, In­ver­ness, Is­lay, Kirk­wall, Stornoway, Sum­burgh, Tiree and Wick.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Inglis Lyon be­lieves the air­port group is in good shape for fur­ther growth in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

‘Work­ing with stake­hold­ers, we are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the es­sen­tial so­cio-eco­nomic role of avi­a­tion in Scot­land through the main­te­nance and devel­op­ment of our air­ports, many of which pro­vide im­por­tant jobs and sup­port in frag­ile eco­nomic ar­eas,’ he said.

The com­pany has also an­nounced a new in­terim chair­woman, as the process of mak­ing a per­ma­nent ap­point­ment gets un­der way.

Cur­rent mem­ber of the HIAL board Lorna Jack will take up the post and help guide the com­pany as it works on a num­ber of projects cen­tral to the fu­ture of air travel in the High­lands and Is­lands.

Work to iden­tify can­di­dates for the post on a per­ma­nent ba­sis through the for­mal pub­lic ap­point­ments process is al­ready un­der way.

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