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Efforts are being made to prevent further strike action at Scottish local airports.

A 48-hour walkout was staged by security staff at 11 airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airports last week as part of the industrial action, which saw flights cancelled at Dundee airport.

The airports company is to make a formal offer to “resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” the BBC reported.

The Prospect union welcomed the move.

Highlands and Islands Airports, which is owned by the Scottish government, operates airports in the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland, Dundee, Argyll, Inverness and Wick.

About 120 staff from security company AMSL took part in industrial action last week as part of a dispute over pay.

Airports managing director Inglis Lyon said: “We will submit a formal offer to the union this week which we hope will provide the basis for a meaningful, constructive dialogue.

“It has always been the intention of the company to address the concerns of security staff, but it is impossible to do so under the threat of industrial action.

“It is important that we resolve this issue as quickly as possible. The threat of further industrial action is in no one’s interests, particularly as we approach the busy summer season.”