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Coronavirus in Moray: Regular flights at Inverness Airport to stop on Sunday

By Alistair Whitfield

Inverness Airport will close to scheduled flights from Sunday in order to maintain essential services.

Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL), which also operates several smaller airports across the north, has worked with Transport Scotland and Loganair to agree a skeleton schedule.

HIAL’s managing director, Inglis Lyon, said: "Our airports are essential to the continued delivery of medical and other critical supplies, the transport of key workers and also enable emergency flights for island communities.

"Now more than ever there is a need to safeguard those vital services.

"I appreciate this crisis is unknown territory for all of us and at this time we do not know how long these essential measures will remain in place.

"We could not maintain these services for our communities without the extraordinary team spirit and commitment displayed by our staff right across the HIAL group.

"I am indebted to them for their continued flexibility and dedication during a very difficult time for us all."

Information on the skeleton schedule will be posted on the HIAL website www.hial.co.uk and social media channels.

John Finnie, the Green MSP whose constituency includes Moray, said: “This is clearly a decision HIAL took with a heavy heart, but it is the right choice and necessary to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.

"It also ensures that essential services like NHS passenger transport are the top priority at the moment. I’d like to pay tribute to HIAL’s staff.

"Their decision to put themselves at greater risk to keep vital services running is commendable. The dedication they are showing to their communities is to be applauded and they have my deep gratitude for their efforts."

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