22 MARCH 2021
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The first minister of Scotland has published a set of lockdown rules that differ in some respect from those of England. There is no mention of non-domestic travel.
AGS Airports Ltd, who operate Aberdeen and Glasgow airports pointed out a fundamental flaw with the current situation. “We cannot afford anything other than a four nations approach,” said a spokesman.
The lack any focus in Scotland or the airline sector has resulted in an outspoken response by the pilots’ union BALPA with general secretary Brian Strutton far from happy.
“It is disappointing that the Scottish Government appears to be taking a more pessimistic view even than the UK Government on the reopening of international travel.
“However, I was pleased to hear the first minister say that she will be engaging with the sector soon. I look forward to discussing with her the implication on Scottish jobs of the Government’s continued shutdown of the air travel sector.
“One thing the first minister needs to have clear in her mind is that if Government policy prevents passengers from travelling abroad this summer, there may not be a Scottish aviation industry left to power the country's economic recovery.”
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John Richmond, Lochwinnoch
The Scottish Government has been of no help to aviation in Scotland. I hope the parties will have something to say at the coming election campaign.
James Brown, Edinburgh
Well done Mr Smart. (Scottish anger BTN 1 March) You have articulated the problems we have up here under devolution. Clearly the local politicians are out of their depth. Letís see if Mr Johnson is brave enough to grab some real power back.