Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, is calling on the UK and Scottish Governments to work together and step up the support for the aviation industry.

This comes as Edinburgh Airport has warned that up to 2,000, out of 7,000 jobs on campus, are at risk.


A number of companies in the sector, including British Airways and Swissport, have already announced job cuts.


On Monday, Unite Scotland and Edinburgh Airport launched a campaign to protect jobs at Edinburgh Airport.


The aviation sector has raised concerns about Scotland’s quarantine policy and asked for the furlough scheme to be extended beyond the UK Government’s end date of October 31st.


Christine Jardine said:


“This campaign highlights the gravity of the situation our airports are facing and demands immediate action by both of our Governments.


“The livelihoods of over a quarter of Edinburgh Airport’s workforce is at risk as we see the devastating economic impact of Covid-19.  


“The airport isn’t only a major employer in my constituency, it is a vital economic link between Scotland and the rest of the world which will be central to Scotland’s economic recovery.


“I have raised this issue in parliament and have been calling for a national strategy. I want to see the Governments finally get their act together and listen to the campaign’s calls.


“We need collaboration between both Governments and the sector to rebuild a better aviation industry, which protects our health objectives and tackles the climate challenges we face.


“Now is not the time for more dithering. We need action or there is a real risk of further losses which will jeopardise Scotland’s recovery.”

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