Strategic Plans

Highlands and Islands Airports Strategic Plan 2009 – 2019

Our airports and the connectivity they provide are an essential part of Scotland’s transport network. They directly contribute to economic prosperity and the sustainability of our communities, particularly in remoter regions. This 10-year strategic plan sets out how Highlands and Islands Airports Limited will fulfil its mission to provide and operate safe, secure and efficient airports which support the communities we serve. In seeking to achieve this, our vision and goals are aligned with the Scottish Government’s strategic priorities for a wealthier and fairer, healthier, safer and stronger, smarter and greener Scotland.

Our strategic plan informs all aspects of our work, and from it, devolves a three year corporate plan and a one year operating plan. These set out in greater detail the steps we will take to achieve our goals. The HIAL Board is accountable for the delivery of all these plans, which will be updated on an annual basis to reflect progress. We recognise that achieving our goals will require concerted effort, planning, effective project management, fiscal prudence, consultation and teamwork.

Through this plan, we will ensure that all of our people, resources and activities are focused appropriately so that we deliver our core activities for the benefit of the communities and stakeholders that we serve.

To review a copy of the plan, please click here.

What we do
Working with stakeholders, HIAL is committed to supporting the essential socio-economic role of aviation in Scotland through the maintenance of its 11 airports and the development of the services they provide.

HIAL’s airports are located at: Barra; Benbecula; Campbeltown; Dundee; Inverness; Islay; Kirkwall; Stornoway; Sumburgh; Tiree; and Wick.

HIAL’s core activities are:

  • Providing airports which meet UK regulatory standards and support essential transport connectivity.
  • Maintaining and developing airport infrastructure and services.
  • Working with airlines and stakeholders to maintain and develop scheduled, charter and freight air services.

Corporate Governance
HIAL is a private limited company wholly owned by Scottish Ministers. HIAL receives subsidies from the Scottish Government in accordance with Section 34 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, and is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Transport Directorate. HIAL’s Board of Directors is accountable to the Scottish Ministers. The Board operates under its Members Code of Conduct, which is derived from the Model Code produced by the Standards Commission of Scotland, together with recognition of other published corporate governance guidelines.

HIAL-Transport Scotland Framework Document

The Strategic Priorities
We work closely with our customers and stakeholders to ensure that our strategic goals support sustainable development within the communities we serve and are in line with the policy objectives of the Scottish Government.

Wealthier and Fairer – our airports provide access to air transport connections which support sustainable economic growth and social inclusion.

Healthier – our airports facilitate access to healthcare services for remoter communities.

Safer and Stronger – air links enhance the attractiveness of the communities we serve as places in which to live, work and invest.

Smarter – air links provide access to education, employment, skills and resources which contribute to the socio-economic viability of more remote communities.

Greener – reducing the environmental impact of providing airports through resource efficiency contributes towards a greener Scotland.

For more information on the plan, please click here.

HIAL Air Traffic Management Strategy 2030

For more information on this key strategy, please see here.

HIAL Gaelic Language Plan 2019 – 2024

We are currently updating our Gaelic Language Plan, which will be published after a public consultation and approval by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

HIAL Car Parking User Surveys 2018

Final report from the user surveys carried out in relation to the introduction of car parking charges at Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh Airports – download PDF