Highlands and Islands Airports' remote operations proposal: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00768
Date received: 8 March 2018
Date responded: 28 March 2018

Information requested

The Feasibility Study, Risk Assessment, Financial Predictions and Technical Assessment which Highlands and Islands Airports Limited have used to justify their proposed remote air traffic operation of the airports at Sumburgh, Dundee, Inverness, Wick John O'Groats, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Benbecula.


All of the information you have requested is available from the Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) web site at:


The 'Air Traffic Management 2030 Strategy: Scoping Study' written by Helios is the only report to have been produced to date on this issue. The HIAL Board has agreed in principle to take forward the long term Remote Towers and Centralised Air Passenger Surveillance air traffic management solution proposed by Helios. It is important to note that this is a decision in principle and it is not the case that all aspects of the project have been finalised. The location of the Remote Tower centre, for example, has not yet been decided upon. The next phase of the project will involve more in depth work to establish the practical requirements of implementing the Remote Towers solution.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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