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Highland Airways collapse affects patients

Hospital ward
Hospital services have been among those affected by the collapse

Hospital appointments for 17 patients had to be cancelled after the collapse of Highland Airways prevented them from flying to Benbecula for treatment.

The airline's board voluntarily placed the company in administration on Wednesday night and flights ceased.

NHS Western Isles said this had a "significant impact" on clinical activity scheduled to be done at Uist and Barra Hospital.

One Highland Airways route is to be restored on Monday.

A spokeswoman for NHS Western Isles said: "Seventeen patients have had to have their appointments cancelled and we are working hard to restore these at the earliest opportunity."

Highland Airways had also operated two surveillance fisheries protection aircraft for Scottish government agency Marine Scotland.

The aircraft were grounded following Highland Airways being placed into administration.

We hope to be able to make an announcement within the next few days
Argyll and Bute Council

A Scottish government spokesman said: "We will do everything in our power to ensure the continuation of our program of aerial surveillance of Scottish waters.

"The planes make up part of the wide range of capabilities Marine Scotland has for monitoring Scotland's seas which includes ships, satellites and other intelligence sources."

Argyll and Bute Council used Highland Airways on its subsided public service routes from Oban Airport.

A spokeswoman said: "Discussions are progressing positively, and we hope to be able to make an announcement within the next few days."

Scottish regional airline Loganair has taken over one route previously flown by financially troubled airline.

From Monday it will offer two return flights each weekday between Stornoway and Benbecula in the Western Isles.

The route is subsidised by Western Isles' local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CNES).

Inverness-based Highland Airways called in PricewaterhouseCoopers to take over the running of the business, which also operates in Wales.

It ran services in the Outer and Inner Hebrides and to the Scottish mainland as well as between Cardiff and Anglesey in Wales.



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