Air Traffic Control – Strike action 23 May 2019: Message from Managing Director

HIAL sincerely regret this escalation of the pay dispute by Prospect members and apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused our customers.

We continue to work closely with our airlines to mitigate the effects of strike action and I wish to thank them and all our staff who have worked extremely hard to implement contingency measures.

Throughout this process, HIAL has been fully committed to resolving this dispute. We are disappointed that our efforts to provide possible solutions have been rejected by Prospect and its claim has not altered and remains a wage increase of at least 10 per cent.

From the outset the union has repeatedly cited pay differentials between our staff and controllers working in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Air traffic movements make this comparison misleading and unrealistic.

Furthermore, the evidence from the analysis of air traffic controller pay at non-HIAL airports jointly undertaken by HIAL and Prospect did not support a double-digit wage award. We believe HIAL air traffic controllers are well remunerated and have already accepted a pay increase backdated to April 2018.

I urge the union to moderate its claim to help us jointly resolve matters.


Inglis Lyon

Managing Director

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited