JARDINE SECURES MEETING WITH SCOTLAND MINISTER TO DISCUSS EDINBURGH AIRPORT


Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, will have the opportunity to discuss what steps the Government is taking to support Edinburgh Airport, following her question in the House of Commons this morning.
Edinburgh Airport, which in conjunction with partner businesses employs over 7,000 people, has seen its daily passenger numbers drop from more than 40,000 to fewer than 200 during the lockdown period.
The aviation sector is under pressure as it continues to shrink dramatically in the wake of the global pandemic.
Speaking in the Commons this morning, the Lib Dem MP said:
“Edinburgh Airport is not just one of the major employers in my constituency … it is a linchpin of Edinburgh’s economy and Scotland’s economy.”
“While I am deeply concerned about the airport, the airlines and the directly related jobs, they also feed into a tourist industry which is worth an estimated £10.5 billion to Scotland.”
“With the loss of the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Highland Show, the incomplete Six Nations this year and now the loss of tourism, potentially every job in Edinburgh is under threat. This government must use its economic power to support Edinburgh’s infrastructure and businesses through this crisis.”

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