UK aviation minister gives evidence to Scottish Affairs Committee
During this inquiry, the Committee has been considering the impact covid-19 has had on airports in Scotland. Airports have seen a drop in passenger numbers, and many airlines ceased operating routes temporarily during the height of the pandemic. Meanwhile, many airports in rural communities had to stay open for emergency services, key industry workers and cargo for crucial supplies.
Following COP26, the Committee was also keen to explore the impact that environmental policies are having on airports, and in particular what schemes are in place to reduce the carbon footprint of airports.
Devolved issues around airports include airport expansion, aviation noise and airport passenger duty. Whereas the UK Government has responsibility for: aircraft and airport safety; the Airspace Change Modernisation Programme; Air Passenger Duty; implementing carbon offsetting programme CORSIA; the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.
Amongst the issues likely to be discussed on Tuesday are:
- Intergovernmental relations between the UK and Scottish governments;
- Financial support for the sector during covid-19;
- Transport connectivity across Scotland and the UK;
- Environmental issues relating to the airports;
- How the sector is adapting to airspace modernisation.