Plane passengers may be bussed to their aircraft during upgrade works at Stornoway
A £1.7 million contract to resurface the taxiway is underway.
Construction squads were expected to be deployed at nights to ensure passenger plane
schedules were not disrupted.
Initially, Highlands and Islands Airports (Hial) which operates the government-owned
airfield pledged the work would only occur during non-operational hours to eliminate
any disruption to travellers and air traffic.
However, the builders are now working daytime shifts and contingency plans have been
drawn up to park aircraft further away meaning busses would be hired to transfer
passengers between the terminal building and the edge of the airfield.
While the works were getting underway extra planes started using the airfield with
more flights for Glasgow than ever before since rivals Flybe and Loganair launched
Hial said it has factored schedules to cope with these additional aircraft.
A Hial spokesman said: “If required we will transport passengers by bus to their
aircraft board/disembark, which is similar to other airports.”
The taxiway resurfacing work started on schedule and is due to last approximately
“As part of the project process to ensure absolute safety and also minimise disruptions
for passengers, two of the three phases will be done during daytime hours to assist
apron management of aircraft.”
“The upgrade is due to operational requirements to accommodate scheduled passenger
and cargo services, general aviation, military and air ambulance movements at Stornoway.”
Drainage is being improved and the old taxiway lighting will be replaced by modern
Surrounding landscaping is also being built up to a higher level to protect planes.
Passengers may be transported by bus to plane during Stornoway airport works