Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that the tender exercise for remote towers for Highlands and Islands Airports has been scrapped.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“I congratulate Transport Minister Graeme Dey on this very wise decision. 

“It was clearly a waste of money and good sense has prevailed not just for the Government coffers but for the local jobs which are vitally important to our communities.

“It is unfortunate that millions of pounds have been wasted on the exercise but at least two million pounds will not be wasted each and every year if this project had continued. 

“This has been a hard-fought campaign and at times we didn’t think we would make it, but we kept battling to save these jobs. 

“This is the right outcome – the Government is saving money and the communities are saving jobs.