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More air travel disruptions ahead

FLIGHTS in and out of Shetland could be severely disrupted later this month should the Unite union go ahead with strike action at six BAA airports, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Loganair said this morning (Friday) that the airline was developing contingency plans to deal with the expected disruption.

Unite has said that it would not decide on any days for walkouts before Monday leaving the door open for conciliation talks between both sides over the weekend.

Should the national strike go ahead it would close Scotland’s three main airports plus London Heathrow, London Stansted and Southampton.

A Loganair spokesman said: “Loganair is developing contingency plans to deal with the disruption
which will be caused if BAA’s airports in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow are closed by strike action.

“Services to and from Inverness and Dundee will not be affected, as these airports are operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.

“Although we do not expect to be able to maintain a full schedule, we will work hard to ensure that a level of service provision continues throughout our network.

“The contingency plans depend on the nature and timing of any action taken by BAA staff and we will only be able to give a further update once further details are announced by BAA.”

The spokesman added that the airline regretted to hear about the Unite ballot in favour of strike action as the last 12 month had been challenging enough for airlines and airports alike.

“Strike action which results in disruption to air services will simply erode the fragile consumer confidence which has only just been restored after the volcanic ash airspace closures,” he said.