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Highlands and Islands Airports has been slammed for hammering passengers with a £3-a-day car parking fee without any consultation.


Islanders leaving their vehicle when flying off for a fortnight’s holiday or an offshore shift would be forced to fork up an additional £42.


The comhairle said the parking fee is too expensive.


The council’s transportation spokesman, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, said: "The comhairle is aware that there has been a huge increase in the number of parked cars at Stornoway Airport and recognises the need for something to be done to mitigate the situation.


“However a flat rate of £3 per day, irrespective of whether you're parked for two hours or 24, seems a high charge.”


He added: “The one hour drop off/pick up zone is to be welcomed, as is the exemption for those accessing healthcare, but I think the overall scheme could be improved so as to be fairer to the travelling public.


“Perhaps a period of consultation would have assisted with this.


“Whilst we have an initiative like the air discount scheme to encourage people to use air services it seems the thinking is not entirely joined up when it comes to charging.


“I will be seeking discussions with our MSP and HIAL at an early stage.”


Comhairle denounces expensive airport parking charges

16 March 2018