Another improved pay and conditions offer has been made by Highlands and Islands Airports in a bid to end the long-running and increasingly rancorous dispute with Air Traffic Controllers throughout HIAL's network of airports.

Following talks with the Prospect union on Tuesday 6 August, HIAL submitted a further offer that augmented their previous proposal. 

David Avery, Prospect negotiations officer, said: “Prospect has received a pay offer for all HIAL staff, including Air Traffic controllers who are currently in dispute.

"We are consulting our members on the offer. While we do so, no further strike days are planned but the work to rule remains in place.

"Prospect will not be commenting on the detail of the offer."

Inglis Lyon, HIAL's Managing Director said:  “We submitted a revised offer in a bid to resolve the current industrial dispute.  Prospect has advised they will ballot air traffic control officers on that offer.

“Whilst we are pleased that there will be no further strike action during the consultation period, it is extremely disappointing that the current work to rule remains in place.

“I once again apologise to our passengers, customers and people within our communities for any disruption caused during the ongoing industrial action.”

Two months ago an earlier improved offer was overwhelmingly rejected by the ATCs.

(This report has been updated since first publication with Prospect comments)