Remote airports prepare themselves for a harsh winter

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) is afraid that the upcoming winter will be harsher than recent UK winters and their airports will have to be cleaned with new and professional equipment. The company has spent over £400,000 on new de-icing and snow cleaning equipment in order to prepare its airport for the harshest weather conditions.

The company has contacted popular Norwegian airports in order to learn more about the methods and equipment used to maintain the airports’ condition during tough weather. Currently, Hial manages airports at Barra, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Wick, Tiree, Sumburgh, Stornoway, Benbecula and Campbeltown.

The company owned by the Scottish government has also acquired a modern forecasting tool which will provide them with information about the future weather conditions at Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Inverness and Wick John O’Groats.

Spokesman of Hial stated: “The ability to forecast weather conditions is essential to maintaining the condition of our airports and the quality of our flights. This way we’ll improve the efficiency of our de-icing and cleaning operations and reduce their cost as well.”

George Farquhar, chief fire officer at Hial stated: “We have airports in many remote areas where the weather conditions can be very harsh. We are confident that the measures we’ve taken will guarantee that our airports will be operational during the expected harsh winter conditions. We’ve made sure that the workers at the airports know how to properly use the new equipment in order to enhance its efficiency.”