Supporting vital air links for remote communities in Scotland.

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) owns and operates 11 airports throughout Scotland, located at: Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick.

Key information

Location: Scotland

Date started: 2017

Completion date: 2023

Client type: Infrastructure

Key services: Advisory, controls and performance, project and commercial management

Vital service

Working with its partners and stakeholders, HIAL is committed to supporting the essential socio-economic role of aviation in Scotland by maintaining and developing its airports and the vital lifeline services and connections they provide for some of the country’s more remote communities.

The company’s airports support remote towns and villages which are heavily reliant on air travel, as a means of connecting communities and transporting goods and services, and play a vital role supporting the social and economic welfare of the areas they serve.

The airports provide key services including general connectivity between the islands and the mainland and housing the local coastguard search and rescue teams.

Sustainable future

The Scottish Government has an ambitious target to make the Highlands and Islands the first net-zero aviation region by 2040, and ministers have a target to support trials of low or zero-emission planes between Highlands and Islands Airports in the coming years.

In collaboration with HIAL, the government also aims to launch a new programme of activity to decarbonise airport operations, infrastructure and flights across the area. 

Supporting growth

We were appointed as project management consultants in 2017, providing project management and site supervision support to manage all major capital projects across the portfolio.

These include overseeing major runway rehabilitation and renewal works, terminal expansion, drainage improvement works and the development of a state-of-the-art remote tower air traffic control centre all to support the growing use of the airports for work and tourism.

Since 2017, we have steadily built up our capacity from managing a few projects to now managing more than 40 projects with a total capital value of £72m.

For further information contact:

Elaine Cawley
Senior Project Manager