Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has joined the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade body for UK airports.

HIAL’s joining brings the number of airports across the UK in AOA membership to 52, and continues to strengthen the industry’s voice with government, according to the organisation.

AOA chief executive Karen Dee said: “It is fantastic news that HIAL has decided to join the AOA, and bring its unique perspective on the role that airports have to play in supporting the UK’s regions and activities. It is also a huge vote of confidence in the work the AOA is doing to share best practice, to represent the interests of aviation to government, and to celebrate the whole industry’s successes. We cannot wait to get to work with the teams at HIAL’s various airports and help them get the most out of their membership.”

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited is responsible for the management and operation of 11 regional airports serving some of the nation’s remotest communities: at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick John O’Groats.

HIAL chief executive Stewart Adams said: “HIAL’s network of regional airports is a vital element of Scotland’s transport network. They enable lifeline services and essential air connectivity for a wide diversity of communities across the region from growing cities to our most remote island locations. 

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