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Highlands and Islands Airports (Car Parking Charges)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:24 pm on 24th February 2010.

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Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party 5:24 pm, 24th February 2010

I acknowledge that absolutely. The investment in new parking facilities at Kirkwall as part of the terminal's redevelopment was excellent. I note that, at peak times, the car park is full—in fact, it is overfull, to the extent that people park on the grass verges and elsewhere. That is not disconnected from the point that almost everyone who parks at the airport contributes to the revenue that is generated from the airport.

HIAL must take into account precisely those balancing issues.

I referred to Sumburgh's location, which presents special challenges because of its distance. I know how much a taxi journey to Sumburgh costs, because I have had to do it on ministerial duties.