Recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and a move to decarbonisation have been revealed as the key priorities for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) over the next five years.
However, managing director Inglis Lyon has warned that it may take until 2024 before air traffic returns to pre-Covid levels.
HIAL’s newly launched 2021-2026 strategic plan also commits the 11 airport group to continue to support economic prosperity and deliver social benefit for communities throughout the Highlands and Islands.
HIAL is already leading a £3.7million consortium decarbonisation project at Kirkwall Airport and aims to make all its airports carbon-neutral, helping Scotland create the world’s first net zero emission aviation region by 2040.
While Covid-19 has added a severe and unexpected disruption to HIAL’s forward planning, the decarbonisation of operations and delivering an environmentally…