Recovery call

No minister has visited airport to discuss Covid

Gordon Dewar

Gordon Dewar: ‘We are lagging behind our competitors’ (pic: Terry Murden)

No Scottish government minister has visited Edinburgh Airport to discuss the Covid crisis with management, it has emerged.

Gordon Dewar, the airport’s chief executive, told a media briefing that ministers had also failed to respond to a report sent to them in July calling for action to help the aviation sector.

“We had a transport minister here to talk about the sustainability strategy, but we have not had a visit about the impact of the Covid crisis itself,” he said.

Asked if he was surprised by the lack of response, he replied: “Yes. I contrast it with the rescue mission for Prestwick.”

Mr Dewar was speaking ahead of today’s publication of its recovery strategy which says the recovery of Scotland’s aviation sector is the slowest in the UK and continues to lag behind the rest of Europe.

The Importance of Aviation to Scotland’s Economic Success was produced in July, but released publicly today, and sets out where the sector’s recovery currently stands against competitors in the rest of the UK and Europe.

Proposals to consider include alignment with England on testing travellers and a consistent four nations approach to enable Scottish airports to compete with others in the UK.

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