Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to outline the support it will provide for the aviation industry, as a matter of urgency. Edinburgh airport, which lies withing Mr Cole-Hamilton’s constituency, announced earlier today that they are faced with having to cut up to two thousand of the seven thousand jobs that the campus directly provides.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
“Just like my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament, I have sought to work constructively with the Scottish government throughout this pandemic but their current lack of support and guidance for the aviation industry risks failing the Scottish economy.
“What we need from the Scottish Government is immediate financial assistance to ensure that Edinburgh Airport will not be forced into making thousands of people redundant. Reopening the border to international visitors is simply not enough. The airport need certainty so I would ask the First Minister to completely rule out any suggestion of a full quarantine order on travellers from England. We know how much domestic air travel contributes to the Scottish aviation industry and such a move would cripple our internal air market.
“The safety of the general public is of paramount importance, but it does not have to come at the cost of major job losses. We know that trace and protect is working as regional outbreaks have been identified in areas of Scotland. If the First Minister is confident in how test and protect is operating, I fail to see why she cannot provide the aviation industry with the certainty it needs, and deserves.”