Jardine challenges Transport Secretary over airline fears

Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, has challenged the Secretary of State for Transport over fears of air operators out of Edinburgh Airport over Brexit.

By David Ronald Evans, Jan 14, 2019 12:01

BA 747-400 in flight at Heathrow | Image: Josh Hallett

Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, has today (Thursday 10 January) challenged the Secretary of State for Transport over fears of air operators out of Edinburgh Airport over Brexit.

As it stands, the Government’s no deal contingency plans would mean a freeze of the UK airline market to the EU for 12 months, with no new routes, frequency of flights or expansion.

Last year a study on Edinburgh Airport found that it contributes nearly £1 billion to the Scottish economy. and caters to more than 11million passengers a year.

Ms Jardine, who represents Scotland’s largest airport in Edinburgh West, raised in Parliament the concerns airlines have on freezing services should the UK leave the EU on the 29th March without a deal.

Following her question in the House of Commons chamber, Ms Jardine commented:

“Airlines, such as those which fly out of Edinburgh, are rightly anxious that the Government is not taking this seriously enough. 

“I gave the Secretary of State a chance to provide reassurances that airline growth would not be damaged in the coming months. Unsurprisingly, he gave none.

“It is deeply worrying if you consider the potential domino effect of this scenario.  It not only hurts our airlines, with the potential loss of thousands of flights, but also the millions of passengers across the UK who will be denied the chance to travel.  Not to mention the inevitable knock on effect to our economy.

“Brexit is continuing to prove chaotic and irresponsible.  If the Government cannot give guarantees to the airline industry that restrictions on air connectivity will not happen, then it’s time to re-think this whole process.  It’s time for a People’s Vote and for the public to have the final say.

“I will be continuing to make this case to the Government at every opportunity over the crucial few weeks to come.”

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