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Radar project at Inverness Airport completed

The £3.6 million Inverness Airport radar project has been completed,

The £3.6 million Inverness Airport radar project has been completed, the Highlands and Islands busiest airport has confirmed.

Highlands and Islands Airports invested £3.6 million to the radar service, while regional transport partnership Hitrans contributed a further £50,000.

The radar service, which was officially opened by Scottish minister for transport Stewart Stevenson yesterday (February 23rd), will allow Inverness Airport to handle air traffic more efficiently.

Mr Stevenson said the radar service would bring "real benefits" to the Inverness and Highlands economy.

"The airport has had terrific support from the personnel at RAF Lossiemouth over the years, but it is great to see Inverness getting its own dedicated radar system," he said.

"This £3.6 million investment will create new jobs, improve skills and bring greater connectivity for the Highland and Islands."

Annual passenger numbers at Inverness have doubled from 350,000 to 700,000 between 1998 and 2008, while the number of aircraft using the airport every year has risen from 27,500 to 40,000.

Inverness was voted Scotland’s best airport earlier this month by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust.

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