Call for policy change

Labour joins call for airport testing to avoid jobs cull

Glasgow airport check-in area pictured on 3 September

Scottish Labour has joined calls for passengers arriving at airports to be tested for Covid-19 instead of being put into quarantine as part of a strategy to save the aviation industry.

Transport spokesman Colin Smyth will lead a debate at Holyrood today and will warn that a change of government policy is needed to avoid huge job losses.

The Fraser of Allander Institute has predicted that proposed cuts in the Scottish civil aviation and aerospace engineering sectors may cause the loss of about 5,000 jobs in Scotland.

The Scottish Tories have already called for testing to be introduced at airports. Tory MSP Graham Simpson supported Scottish airport bosses calling for testing to be introduced, even though the UK government is opposed to the idea, arguing that it is not effective in controlling the virus.

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