Oil giant considers reopening Unst airport
Unst could be set for a boost with the possible re-opening of the airport at Baltasound to serve the oil industry.
Oil giant Chevron has been exploring the option of using the disused airport when it opens up its fields west of Shetland.
MSP Tavish Scott said when it became known Chevron was looking at Shetland airports he asked them to consider Baltasound, which closed in the 1990s.
Chevron agreed, a move Mr Scott described as “very encouraging”.
Mr Scott said: “Scatsta is bursting at the seams and Sumburgh is very busy, all of which is good news, but I wanted to ensure the North Isles could benefit from the exciting oil and gas work in Shetland.”
Chevron has now carried out “option appraisal” for flying men into Baltasound by fixed wing aircraft and out with helicopters.
Mr Scott said: “It would be fantastic for Unst and I very much hope it will happen.”
He added that SIC would have a role in this and Chevron personnel have already met chief executive Mark Boden.