Update on Air Traffic Control Industrial Action

Following the update provided on 27 March (below), HIAL have been able to implement a local arrangement for Wick John O’Groats Airport and the airport will be open on Friday 26 April.

Update – 27 March 2019

Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) are undertaking industrial action to support their claim for a double-digit wage increase in 2018/19 or a long-term commitment to above inflation pay awards.

The evidence provided in the analysis of air traffic controller pay at non-HIAL airports that Prospect jointly undertook with HIAL did not support a double digit wage award.

HIAL have scheduled a meeting with Prospect and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) on 9 April 2019 in a bid to reach a mutually agreeable solution to resolve the ATCO pay dispute.

As this date falls after 1 April 2019, the work to rule by ATCOs due to start on that day will come into effect. We anticipate there will be some disruption as a result of the work to rule and apologise in advance for the inconvenience this may cause.

We continue to work closely with our airlines to minimise potential disruption wherever possible.

HIAL will continue to engage with Prospect. However, to allow our passengers to plan, we are progressing on the assumption that the strike action will go ahead and that the following airports will close to air traffic for the 24 hour period on 26 April 2019:

  • Benbecula
  • Dundee
  • Inverness
  • Kirkwall
  • Stornoway
  • Sumburgh

Passengers should check the dedicated page on our website for up to date information during the action period: https://www.hial.co.uk/hial-group/air-traffic-control-dispute/