Blow for sector

‘Five years for airlines to recover’ says Matheson

Edinburgh airport

Edinburgh airport will see fewer passengers for some time (pic: Terry Murden)

Air passengers will have to endure “at least five years” of disruption before services return to pre-Covid levels, according to the Scottish Transport Secretary.

Michael Matheson made the admission in a parliamentary written answer to Dean Lockhart, Scottish Conservative shadow Transport and Business Secretary.

His reply stated that some slow recovery in air services was anticipated over the summer, first with domestic, then international routes in line with the SNP government’s phased exit out of lockdown.

Mr Matheson added that “realistically, it will take at least five years for services to recover to pre-Covid-19 levels.”

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