In the important logistics and freight sector, the report found that the introduction of Airlander in the North of Scotland could provide 79% more air freight capacity compared with 2021, an increase of 43,800 tonnes – the equivalent of 21.9 million extra average sized parcels, thus increasing access to consumer goods and services in a timely manner.
As part of this study, seven on-site surveys were carried out by engineers across HIAL and Orkney Islands Council’s diverse airport portfolios, taking into consideration historic weather conditions at each site, as well as runway, boarding and landing infrastructure to assess the compatibility of these existing locations with the operational needs of Airlander. The locations included Kirkwall, Papa Westray, Stornoway, Barra, Inverness, Sumburgh and Scapa Bay.
The report surmised that Airlander is well-suited to deliver a new network offering to the Highlands and Islands. Airlander would be a greatly beneficial addition to the transport ecosystem, with minimal disruption, that can create new opportunities for economic growth and the development of tourism in the region, with only simple and inexpensive infrastructure upgrades needed.