HIAL not pursuing Stornoway Spaceport

The Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, who own and operate Stornoway Airport, are not pursuing establishment of a UK Spaceport in the Western Isles.

Grenville Johnston, Chairman of the HIAL Board, said: “HIAL has carefully considered the proposals for a Spaceport at various Scottish sites, including Stornoway Airport, which HIAL owns, and Campbeltown Airport, which it manages on behalf of Machrihanish Airbase Community Company.

“As owners of Stornoway Airport, it is currently not our intention to submit a business proposal.

“Our preference is to concentrate on our core business of providing airports that serve the people of the Highlands & Islands.”

Without the HIAL airports the shortlist now includes four sites: Glasgow Prestwick in Scotland, Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales.

RAF Leuchars was also confirmed as a potential temporary facility.

The Comhairle are exploring options and are keen to explore opportunities of a spaceport development.