Date lodged: 11 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to encourage more airlines to operate from Scotland's airports.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 September 2017
To support route development at Scotland’s airports, the Scottish Government adopts a Team Scotland approach. This sees Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland work in partnership with Scotland’s airports to provide support to airlines in a way which can be instrumental in an airline deciding to start a new route or develop an existing service. We can provide support to airlines in the form of attractive cooperative marketing packages, and also provide market intelligence and data to airlines on the potential of the Scottish market. Additional support can be considered for airlines who wish to base aircraft in Scotland in order to facilitate the economic benefits, including job creation, that comes with such a development.
Improving Scotland’s air connectivity is one of this Government’s top priorities, as it will help build strong business links and provide a real boost to our tourism industry. Our support has helped Scotland’s airports secure new routes to other parts of the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North America. The Scottish Government will continue to promote Scotland as a destination which can sustain more direct air services and better global hub connectivity and we will continue to work with all Scotland’s airports to achieve these objectives.