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Caithness News Bulletins August 2003
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Constructive Dialogue on Proposed Wick to Glasgow Air Link
Commercial discussions on the introduction of a new air service linking Wick and Glasgow are progressing.
Talks between Highlands
and Islands Airports Limited and Highland Airways have moved forward in
recent weeks and the airline is now finalising its operational and
commercial plans for the proposed route.
Bob Macleod, managing director of Highlands and Islands Airports said: “We continue to work with Highland Airways on this proposed service and have now clarified many of the outstanding issues regarding its operation and priorities, both for ourselves and the airline. We look forward to receiving Highland Airways’ finalised operational and commercial plans for the route. Since the extension of opening hours at Wick would involve extra costs for us, both parties must be certain that the proposals are sound and enduring.
“This potential service has been subject to considerable local media attention. However, until all relevant issues and negotiations are complete neither party can make any definitive announcement. Nonetheless we are both comfortable to say that we continue to work constructively together to firm up many of the outstanding issues.
“We have also spoken in
depth to local stakeholders, including The Highland Council and Highlands
and Islands Enterprise, on this topic and are keeping them appraised of
developments,” added Mr Macleod.
“We fully appreciate that the Caithness and Sutherland community is impatient to enrich the timetabling and destinations served by Wick Airport. We very much hope that this eagerness will transfer into solid support for any new service that is eventually launched.
“We are working closely with the airport operator and others to address the operational and commercial aspects of this service and we plan submitting our finalised proposals to Highlands and Islands Airports in the near future,” said Mr O’Fee.