The operator of Dundee Airport, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has announced Inverness as the location for a new remote control centre.
A scoping study by consultants Ekos, setting out why Inverness should be the preferred location, has been accepted in principle by the HIAL board, which would mean the service provided for Dundee Airport would move from the city to the Highlands.
The project, first announced in January, will change the way air traffic services are provided at seven HIAL airports, including Dundee, by running activities in a centralised tower and surveillance centre.
Timescales for the project have still to be fully discussed and approved but it is understood it would be implemented over a period of between eight-10 years.
However, the largest union for Scottish air traffic controllers has warned that the move will put jobs at risk.
Prospect bosses are seeking an urgent meeting with new Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson.
The union said the decision means that high-paying jobs will be removed from HIAL’s other ATC locations in Dundee, Benbeculla, Stornoway, Wick, Kirkwall and Sumburgh, removing more than £3 million of direct employment from rural economies once all posts are relocated to Inverness.
HIAL was approached for comment on Prospect’s claims but had not responded at the time of going to press.