A planned strike by air traffic controllers at Scottish Highlands airports including Inverness has been called off.

The Prospect union agreed to suspend the June 12 walkout after Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) submitted a fresh proposal in a bid to end the dispute over pay.

Previous strikes disrupted operations at Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh airports.

Details of the offer have not been revealed, although the union had asked for a pay increase of at least 10%.

The union’s national secretary Richard Hardy said: “Prospect has received a revised pay offer from Hial which we will be putting to our members for consideration. 

“In light of this we are suspending the strike action scheduled for 12 June.

“Action short of a strike will continue.”

Hial said: “Our proposal recognises the skills of our air traffic control officers (Atcos) and the importance of delivering air traffic management services for the future, and is within the flexibility granted by the Scottish government to examine a retention allowance for Atcos.

“At the same time as we advised Prospect of the new proposal, we requested they suspend further dates for strike action to allow consultation on our offer to take place.

“It is disappointing that Prospect has advised that the work to rule will remain in place during the period of consultation. However, our aim is to resolve this dispute as soon as possible and we will, of course, continue to engage with Prospect as it consults on our proposal to bring the dispute to a swift conclusion.

“Our airports will therefore remain open on Wednesday 12 June, but we would encourage you to contact your airline to confirm travel plans.”