Q. What industrial action is taking place?
A. Unite Union has advised that Firefighters will take two days strike action on:
- Monday 19 December 2022, commencing at 00:01 hours and concluding at 23:59 hours
- Thursday 22 December 2022, commencing at 00:01 hours and concluding at 23:59 hours
Q. What airports will be closed on 19 and 22 December?
A. The following airports will be closed on Monday 19 December and Thursday 22 December from 00.01 to 23.59 hours on each day:
Stornoway Airport will be open for limited hours between 13.00 and 19.45 on both days.
Kirkwall Airport will also operate on a limited basis, opening between 07.15 and 13.00 on both days for inter-island flights only.
Unite Union has confirmed that medical emergencies will be serviced from these airports on both days.
Q: Will airports be open on the days of strike?
A. The following airports will remain open as normal on Monday 19 December and Thursday 22 December.
- Wick John O’Groats
Q. What will I do, if I’ve booked a flight on a strike day?
A. Any passengers booked to travel on 19 or 22 December should contact their airline provider for information relating to their flight.
Q. What will happen in the event of a medical emergency?
A. For medical emergencies airports within the HIAL group operate well-established local on-call medical emergency processes and this will continue.
Unite has confirmed medical and other emergencies that arise on both days of strike action – Monday 19 December and Thursday 22 December will be serviced.
Q. Will the strike action have an impact on travel for medical appointments?
A. If you have a medical appointment scheduled that requires you to travel on 19 or 22 December, you should contact your GP, hospital, or clinic to discuss your appointment arrangements.
Q. What are my rights with regard to compensation claims in the event of industrial action?
A. Passengers should contact their airlines and travel insurance company in relation to compensation and claim for costs.
Information on passenger rights in relation to delays and cancellations to flights is available on the Civil Aviation Authority website.