Bilingual logo to increase use of Gaelic in airports

As part of the Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL) draft Gaelic Language Plan the regional airport group is proposing to create a bilingual logo and increase the use of Gaelic in airport signage.

Yesterday (Wednesday 10th) HIAL launched the draft for consultation. In common with other public authorities, it is required by the Scottish Government to produce a Gaelic Language Plan under the terms of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.

The draft five year Plan outlines a series of measures by HIAL to support and promote the Gaelic Language and culture, in line with the aspirations and objectives set out in the National Gaelic Language Plan.

Proposals include the creation of a bilingual the HIAL logo, increased use of Gaelic in airport signage, terminal information screens and online, Gaelic awareness training for frontline staff, and the appointment of Gaelic language ambassadors.

Members of the public, Gaelic organisations, public agencies, business groups and others will have an opportunity to respond to the outline proposals during a six week consultation, which closes on 22nd May.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL, said: “The Gaelic language and culture is an important part of Scotland’s heritage and identity. With airports across Scotland and around 1.3 million UK and international passengers, HIAL is determined to play its part in supporting the development of Gaelic, and in raising its profile across Scotland.”