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Plane passengers may be bussed to their aircraft during upgrade works at Stornoway airport.


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 competing services.


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 six weeks.


“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 LED units.


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

6 Sept 2017