An inquiry has been launched by the Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) to explore the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on Scottish airports.
The committee, which is chaired by SNP MP Pete Wishart, will look into the impact that covid-19 had on communities using airports in Scotland, many of which are rural or islands and rely on air travel.
One of Scotland’s two main airports, Glasgow saw a drop in passenger numbers of over 75% last year compared to 2019.
The pandemic also saw many airlines temporarily suspend their operations.
Environmental policies and how they are impacting airports are also being looked into by the committee as the Government as the UN’s COP26 conference will be held in Glasgow this year.
Scottish Affairs Committee Chairman, Pete Wishart, said: “Airports in Scotland are a lifeline for many rural communities, and for people travelling to different parts of the UK and further afield. In a turbulent 18 months for airports with the covid-19 pandemic, our Committee is keen to explore what impact reduced numbers of flights have had on communities, and how this has impacted the local job market. In the year of Scotland hosting COP26, and appetite to tackle harmful emissions, we are also seeking evidence on how the carbon footprint of airports can be reduced.”
Inquiry Terms of Reference
- What has been the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and reduced flights on Scottish airports and local communities, including tourism?
- How do airports support the local and regional job market?
- How effective is the movement of air freight for essential supplies in rural or isolated airports?
- Is there a sufficient level of investment in the infrastructure around airports in Scotland?
- How will airspace modernisation affect Scottish airports?
- What schemes are in place to reduce the carbon footprint of airports?
Written submissions should be made by 6th October.