MSP calls for more direct flights

Scotland’s airports are doing well but will do even better if the Scottish Parliament is given the means of setting Air Passenger Duty, an MSP has said.

The call from Colin Keir, Edinburgh Airport’s MSP, comes as a new report reveals that passenger numbers at regional airports are up on last year despite service reductions, weather problems and the UK government’s imposed politics of austerity.

“Air Passenger Duty must become the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament so it can work in Scotland’s interests. Our smaller airports are doing well, but for our larger ones to continue to improve and compete more direct international flights are needed.

“Heathrow is suffering from congestion so it makes perfect sense for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to be allowed to develop more international routes – something that would be warmly welcomed by Scottish businesses, holidaymakers and other travellers.

“Scotland’s airports are doing well and they can do so much better, but Westminster is blocking that progress – the UK government must allow devolution of APD as soon as possible.

“Devolution of APD would enable the Scottish Government to incentivise airlines to provide new direct international routes and give our businesses a fighting chance to compete.”


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