Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd (Air Traffic Control)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 9th September 2021.

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Photo of Rhoda Grant Rhoda Grant Labour

I disagree with the First Minister that the programme is essential to ensure the long-term viability or indeed safety of air traffic in the Highlands and Islands. Digital Scotland classed the project as an amber-to-red risk. Added to that, the Sumburgh radar project, which is part of the scheme, is currently believed to be running six to 12 months behind schedule and costs have already increased. Is the First Minister still convinced that it is the right project to go forward with, and what steps is she taking to avoid another vanity transport project in the Highlands and Islands?