Stornoway Airport is to revise its normal operating hours on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October.
The revised operating hours are designed to ensure that Stornoway Airport continues to accommodate flights safely and efficiently as a result of changes to air traffic control availability.
Strict regulations limit the number of hours controllers can operate. In practical terms, this means that on these dates, the airport’s operating hours will be adjusted, affecting some – but not all – scheduled passenger flights.
Loganair, which operates the majority of scheduled services from Stornoway Airport, will adjust its schedule in response to the revised operating hours. Passengers intending to fly with Loganair on these dates will be contacted by the airline and advised of any change to their flight.
Eastern Airways services between Aberdeen and Stornoway are not affected.
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of Stornoway Airport operator HIAL, said: “In response to a number of operational challenges affecting air traffic control availability, HIAL is introducing slight changes to the airport’s operating hours on select dates in order to comply with regulatory requirements.
“We regret any inconvenience to those passengers affected. However, we have worked closely with our airline partner Loganair to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum on the affected days. Anyone affected will be contacted directly by the airline.”
He added: “The air traffic controllers at Stornoway do a fantastic job and have worked hard, in difficult circumstances, to deliver an operational solution that ensures continuity of service for the island’s airport.
“It is not possible to transfer controllers from elsewhere in the HIAL network to Stornoway as controllers can only operate at an airport if they have undertaken specific training at that particular airport.
“However, two new trainee controllers are in the process of completing their training at Stornoway and, in the meantime, we will work with Loganair to minimise the impact of these temporary changes on passengers.”