Unite has insisted that this time period should allow HIAL
the necessary time to conduct individual profiles of fire fighters, airport by airport, to ensure that supplementary payments (e.
John Hay, west regional manager at HIAL
, said: "We believe the move has increased tourist traffic and enabled people to return home to the islands for a weekend and be back on the mainland in time for work on a Monday morning.
However, it is HIAL
that is in fact the largest airport group in the UK in terms of the number of airports it operates, even if annual traffic for the group only total just over one million (1,334,662 in the last financial year ending March 31 2008).
Mr Inglislyon the managing director of HIAL
has requested to refer the issue to independent arbitration with our agreement.
Regional official Donald Munro said: "Our issue is with the Scottish Government, not with HIAL
However, last month HIAL
said passenger numbers fell by 1.
Total quantity or scope of tender: HIAL
operate from 11 airports, ranging from busy commercial sites such as Inverness and Sumburgh to a series of smaller rural locations, including Barra where, famously, the beach forms the landing strip.
It provides greater levels of grip and so is more versatile because the surface does not have to be grooved, although the Tiree runway was grooved to give HIAL
Total quantity or scope of tender: Support is required across all 11 HIAL
After BIAL revealed that April 2 was the target date for a first take off, HIAL
promptly announced that its operations would be launched in March 2008.
An extra pounds 10m will go to ferry operators CalMac and HIAL
for lifeline services to the Highlands and Islands.
Dundee airport, also operated by HIAL
via a subsidiary, is not affected.