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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10534: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of the demand for additional aviation routes from Scottish airports.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 August 2017

The Scottish Government periodically commissions analysis which benchmarks the level of air service connectivity to and from Scotland against peer regions in Europe. The most recent benchmarking analysis for 2011-2015 was completed in July 2015.

After compiling the benchmarking report, a gap analysis of the destinations served by peer regions which Scotland might also aspire to have, based on economic importance, origin and destination demand, along with the identification of potential airline operators, was used to identify potential new short and long haul routes that could be served from Scotland. A significant amount of work has already been done to secure these routes, working in partnership with Scotland’s airports. That work will continue.

We have also recently undertaken further route analysis work to assess potential demand which we have used to help identify the airlines we aim to meet at the World Route Development Forum next month. This event brings airlines, airports and aviation stakeholders together to discuss both existing routes as well as potential new routes.

Given the commercial nature of the analysis undertaken, we have not published this information as by doing so could put Scottish airports at a disadvantage when competing with other airports to secure new routes.