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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11389: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on subsidising Inverness Airport in the last 16 years.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 September 2017

The Scottish Government does not provide funding directly to Inverness Airport. Inverness Airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL).We provide funding to HIAL to offset the difference between the cost of operating their 11 airports and their commercial revenue. We provide funding to HIAL as a whole and it is then for HIAL to allocate this funding to each airport on an as needed basis. The funding provided to HIAL over the last 16 years is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Funding to HIAL

Year

Amount (£)

2001-02

19,450,000

2002-03

24,050,000

2003-04

23,718,000

2004-05

21,385,000

2005-06

56,030,000

2006-07

19,519,231

2007-08

28,391,000

2008-09

26,200,000

2009-10

26,200,000

2010-11

25,102,027

2011-12

26,600,000

2012-13

22,040,000

2013-14

21,720,074

2014-15

34,093,946

2015-16

38,414,000

2016-17

31,788,076

Figures in Table 1 relate to core subsidy provided by Transport Scotland and its predecessors.