COVID-19 has had a significant impact on aviation across the world. Like other airports across the UK, Inverness airport has experienced a significant decline in passenger traffic following lockdown and the implementation of necessary travel restrictions. However, as with other HIAL airports, Inverness airport remained open throughout the lockdown period providing vital lifeline and essential air services.
Since the easing of restrictions and the resumption of scheduled flights in the middle of June, Inverness airport continues to see a steady rise in air traffic movements and passenger numbers. The airport has introduced full mitigation procedures and processes to help ensure the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and passengers, as well as limit the spread of the virus.
We will continue to progress our Airspace Change Proposal as a key element to the recovery of scheduled services and business in the Highlands. Whilst current services remain safe, the introduction of controlled airspace provides the opportunity to make them more so.
Our expected return to normal traffic levels in the future means that it is imperative that we continue to implement our airspace change to support our operation. We are also committed to implementing the agreed airspace segregation arrangements to enable the sustainability of recreational flying in the Highlands now and into the future.