Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, will call for UK government support for the aviation and airlines industries at Scottish Questions in the commons today.
This comes amid concerns from Edinburgh Airport, the aviation industry and the wider tourism sector, which alone is worth £10.5billion to the Scottish economy, about the lack of support- despite promises more than 2 months ago that a “transport support package” was on its way.
Several companies in the sector, including Swissport and British Airways, recently announced job cuts which will impact employment and services and come as the airport is also understood to be under pressure.
Confusion over the UK’s 14-day quarantine policy, and the specifics around so-called air bridges to restart safe international travel have also contributed to the uncertainty.
Speaking ahead of the exchange, Ms Jardine said:
“The lack of current support for the aviation industry is utterly disgraceful.
“The latest boorach of a quarantine policy could push aviation back by months, and doesn’t take into account Scotland’s earlier summer holidays.
“I've been speaking to airline staff, employers and the airport and it's clear that both the UK and Scottish Governments need to work collaboratively to support the aviation and wider tourism industry- both of which are vital to Scotland’s economic recovery.
““I want to see the UK Government actually listen to the sector and publish a national strategy in a bid to support aviation.”