Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus B MacNeil has called for a round-table meeting to discuss the upheaval projected by Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) for Stornoway and Benbecula Airports.

Commenting Angus MacNeil said:

“It’s time to get the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister, Michael Matheson, HIAL, the Civil Aviation Authority, the trade union and other interested parties round the table.  Discussions need to be held to find out exactly what is going on with the projected destruction and removal of jobs from the islands by HIAL, a Scottish Government agency.

“This issue is becoming very acute, causing a lot of anxiety to many people, therefore I am calling on interested parties and experts to get around the table to discuss this early in the New Year. 

“HIAL employees cannot live with this uncertainty – the communities deserve better and need these jobs to be retained in the islands, we cannot have these jobs removed and government agencies recklessly damaging island communities.”