Date lodged: 15 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on airport expansion.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 March 2017
We fully support the ambition of Scotland’s airports to increase the number of services to international and domestic destinations in order to support economic growth by improving connectivity for business and facilitating increased inbound tourism.
The expansion of services and Scotland’s airports needs to strike a balance between the benefits that an airport and new services bring in terms of economic growth and employment, whilst mitigating the impact on local communities and more widely. We have made our view clear on numerous occasions that we expect local communities to be fully consulted on any plans to expand activity at airports.