Highlands and Islands Airports seeks new MD

Inglis Lyon

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) said its managing director Inglis Lyon has announced his intention to step down from this summer.

HIAL is responsible for the management and operation of 11 Scottish regional airports: Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick John O’Groats.

It is a private limited company wholly owned by the Scottish Ministers.

HIAL board chair Lorna Jack said: “We wish Inglis well as he prepares for the next chapter in his life.

“He leaves a very capable senior management team and the HIAL Board is now focussed on recruiting the next person to lead the organisation.”

Lyons said: “I have worked with a fantastic team throughout my time at HIAL. I could not be prouder of my colleagues and their commitment to their communities, particularly during the pandemic when amongst much uncertainty they didn’t miss a beat and lifeline services continued.

“I have been very fortunate to meet and work with superb colleagues across the company, numerous HIAL board members, government officials and ministers and local community partners.

“However, after 18 years’ service, I’ve reached that time of life when it is time to pass the baton on and give someone the opportunity to hold the keys to what I consider to be the best job in the Highlands and Islands and take HIAL to the next level.”