Tavish Scott today and fellow MSP, Liam McArthur, visited Loganair’s ‘spares hub’ site at Glasgow Airport.
Mr Maurice Boyle, Operations Director at Loganair, hosted the visit following a meeting last month in the Scottish Parliament with the Northern Isles MSPs. They were joined by Loganair's Head of Engineering, Barry Store.
Loganair’s ‘spares hub’ site was established to speed up the process of supplying parts for the Loganair aircraft fleet. In addition efforts have been made to recruit and train engineering support, in large part replacing those who have left the airline over recent times.
Speaking after the visit, Tavish Scott said:
“I am grateful to Maurice Boyle and Barry Stone for hosting this visit. It was useful to see first-hand Loganair’s new ‘spares hub’ at Glasgow Airport and to speak to local staff. They are confident that the facility will help Loganair respond to technical issues more quickly and allow parts to be replaced on a more regular basis.
“Hopefully this will deliver the improvements that are so desperately needed in terms of the reliability of our lifeline air services. In addition, plans to make greater use of technology to communicate with passengers is a welcome step in the right direction. This is particularly the case in the event of technical or weather-related delays”.
''There are a significant number of patients who travel from the Northern Isles to Aberdeen Airport for hospital treatment. These patients are often in need of specific assistance and therefore facilities at Aberdeen Airport must be fit for purpose.
''While the recent announcement of a £20 million package to upgrade facilities is welcome, it must be used to improve accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility and discreet waiting areas for patients who may feel unwell and need privacy.''