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Chairman of Highlands and Islands Airports to Step Down
The Chairman of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited is to step down at the end of January, it was announced.
North businessman David Sutherland has tendered his resignation to Scottish Ministers due to time commitments associated with his business interests.
Mr Sutherland was appointed as Chairman of HIAL in April 2007. The Ministerial appointment was made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.
Mr Sutherland said: "Business commitments in the future will prevent me from devoting the time to HIAL that the company warrants. I have greatly enjoyed the challenge since coming to HIAL in February 2007, including the integration of Dundee Airport into the group. This is a challenging time for all aspects of the aviation industry and airports are key transport arteries for the Highlands and Islands, so their future success is critical for the area's economy.
"I leave at a time when new air links have been confirmed for HIAL airports in 2009 and believe that there is potential for further positive developments to follow. In stepping down, I wish growth and stability for all the airports in the HIAL network, particularly in areas where lifeline connectivity is vital," said Mr Sutherland.
HIAL will now work with the Scottish Government on the appropriate interim and longer term measures to appoint a new Chairman.
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