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Scottish regional airport operator HIAL ended the year on a high with an increase in passengers in December and in 2012 as a whole.   Latest figures show that HIAL’s 11 airports handled 1,283,362 passengers in 2012, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year.  
No Ferries Sailings From Aberdeen To The Isles
Serco NorthLink Ferries has confirmed that sailings between the Northern Isles and Aberdeen today (21 December) have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.   According to current weather forecasts storms will halt sailings until Sun 23 December.  
Further Cancellations on Northern Isles Ferry Services
Serco NorthLink has issued another warning to customers as severe weather continues to disrupt ferry services linking Aberdeen with Orkney and Shetland.   The operator is in the process of contacting customers booked on services between today and Christmas to advise them most sailings are likely to be cancelled.  
NorthLink Issues Warning to Travellers - Ferries Cancellations Due To Impending Severe Weather
Severe Weather Due to Disrupt Services Serco NorthLink has warned customers to expect unprecedented disruption to services as forecasts predict severe weather until Christmas Eve.   The ferry operator brought today’s southbound sailing from Lerwick forward to 1300hrs, with arrival in Kirkwall expected at 1800hrs.  
Energy Sector Boosts Passenger Numbers At HIAL AirportsThumbnail for article : Energy Sector Boosts Passenger Numbers At HIAL Airports
Passenger numbers at Scotland’s regional airports jumped by more than 10% last month, with the booming energy sector responsible for much of the growth.   Latest figures from airport operator HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 101,701 passengers in November, an increase of 10.5% on the same month last year.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries Disappointed Over Strike Action Go-Ahead
Stuart Garrett, Managing Director of Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “We remain hugely disappointed that the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has chosen to proceed with industrial action when they are aware we will not be making any compulsory redundancies and all seafaring staff are receiving a 4.25% pay rise this year and next year.   “However we are making every effort to maintain the lifeline services linking the Northern Isles with the mainland.  
Serco NorthLink Simplifies Passenger Boarding ProcessThumbnail for article : Serco NorthLink Simplifies Passenger Boarding Process
Visitors to Orkney and Shetland will no longer need photo identification to board Serco NorthLink Ferries, Managing Director Stuart Garrett announced today (Thursday 22 November 2012).   The move sees the services to Orkney and Shetland fall into line with other domestic ferry services.  
Serco Now In Charge Of NorthLink Ferries From TodayThumbnail for article : Serco Now In Charge Of NorthLink Ferries From Today
Serco Sets Sail - NorthLink Ferries Service Handover Complete Today, Thursday 5 July 2012, at 3pm Serco NorthLink Ferries officially began operating the Scottish Government contract for ferry services from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands.   In Caithness the ferry "Hamnavoe" sets sail from Scrabster each day and gives great views of the west of Orkney including the Old Man Of Hoy.  
Gills Harbour Focus For Marine Support VesselThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Focus For Marine Support Vessel
One of the UK's newest and most versatile 'marine renewables support vessels' has been showing off some of her capabilities at Gills Harbour on the Pentland Firth.   The one-year-old 'multi-cat' vessel Orcadia, which was reported to have cost £3.5 million when she was delivered last year from Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, was making her debut visit to the community-owned Caithness harbour.  
Passenger Numbers Increase At HIAL AirportsThumbnail for article : Passenger Numbers Increase At HIAL Airports
Passenger numbers at Scotland's regional airports continued to grow last month, boosted by the success of Inverness Airport's flagship Amsterdam service and growth in the oil sector.   Figures released by HIAL, which operates a network of 11 airports across Scotland, show that passenger numbers across the group rose by 4.1% to 98,109 in March.  
Gills Harbour Ltd's Chair Welcomes MPs Conclusions
The Chairman of the community body that owns and operates Gills Harbour, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, is welcoming the findings of a group of Parliamentarians whose Inquiry report 'The Future of Marine Renewables in the UK' has just been published.   The Westminster MPs of the Energy & Climate Change Committee looked at the future for electricity that can be generated by harnessing the 'kinetic energy' in flow of Britain's tidal streams and from the power of the waves; both technologies are experimenting with turbines that are still at the 'prototype' stage.  
MV Hamnavoe Took Short Crossing In Severe WeatherThumbnail for article : MV Hamnavoe Took Short Crossing In Severe Weather
The 'short sea route' came into its own early last Saturday (21.01.12) afternoon in an unusual manner as storm-force Westerly severe gales swept huge Atlantic Ocean breakers into the Pentland Firth … And the crossing of the narrowest Eastern End of the Firth between Canisbay Parish and South Ronaldsay enabled Orkney to maintain its sea-link with Caithness on one of the wildest sea-days of the 2011/12 winter so far, a season where weather patterns have been dominated by a series of deep atmospheric depressions sweeping in from the West in quick succession.   The trip was not done by Pentland Ferries' Pentalina, which normally plies the route thrice-daily, but by NorthLink Ferries' Hamnavoe which made an exceptionally-circuitous crossing from Scrabster to Stromness, adding just an hour to her scheduled 90 minutes' of sailing time.  
Cafe At Gills For Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Cafe At Gills For Pentland Ferries
Pentland Ferries recently added a cafe at their terminal for the comfort of passengers travelling with them.   No doubt others in the area may appreciate a snack or cup of tea or coffee if they are in the area.  
Loganair gears up to help cyclists -Ride Across Britain-
Wick Airport is preparing for one of its busiest days ever on Friday (June 11) when it welcomes hundreds of cyclists who are taking part in the inaugural Deloitte Ride Across Britain event.   Olympic gold medallists James Cracknell and Rebecca Romero will join Paralympic gold medallists Sarah Storey and Jody Cundy to lead 600 cyclists through Wick this weekend as they pedal their way to Lands End.  
21st Century Ferry For Pentland Firth Arriving In 2008Thumbnail for article : 21st Century Ferry For Pentland Firth Arriving In 2008
Spring 2008 will bring the arrival of the fastest ferry over the Pentland Firth.   A new catamaran state of the art high speed ferry will whisk passengers from Gills terminal in Caithnes over to Orkney.  
North Airports Record Busiest Ever Year
Passenger numbers at airports in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have increased by 7% in the past 12 months to a record total of 1,232,782.   Figures released today by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited show that an additional 80,000 passengers have used its 10 airports in the year to 31 March 2007 compared to the previous operating year making it the sixth consecutive year of passenger growth.