JARDINE CALLS FOR NATIONAL TRAVEL STRATEGY


Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, is calling for the UK and Scottish Governments to come up with a strategy to create a sustainable aviation industry in response to the impact of the Covid19 crisis.

The massive downturn in tourism and loss of jobs across the sector has affected all of Scotland’s airports.

Edinburgh Airport, which employs more than 7,000 people along with its partner businesses, has seen  its daily passenger numbers drop from more than 40,000 to fewer than 200 during the last three months.

Several companies in the sector, including British Airways, Swissport and Emirates, have also recently announced major job cuts.

Ms Jardine said:

“Edinburgh Airport is both a major employer in my constituency and central to Scotland’s economic recovery post-lockdown.

“It now finds itself competing with two other major Scottish airports in an ever shrinking market. They need the Governments to come up with a strategy to ensure a strong aviation sector going forward.

“I’ve spoken to airline staff, employers and to UK Government ministers and whilst its clear the Government understands the issue we must see something positive soon.

“Not just the aviation sector but tourism in Edinburgh and across Scotland are dependent on strong transport links to help them recover.”


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