Motion: Rise in Use of Regional Airports

Rise in Use of Regional Airports
That the Parliament welcomes the increase in passenger numbers for the month of May at airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL); believes that this increased usage secures the viability of what are considered these essential and often life-line services; further welcomes the increase in business for HIAL, which employs 600 people across its 11 airports and handled over one million passengers last year; understands that the Islay whisky festival, construction workers and oil and gas workers were main contributors to this rise; notes that Sumburgh in Shetland’s ties with Bergen have also boosted passenger numbers; believes that a sustained increase in domestic travel will have a concurrent impact on tourism and hospitality throughout the Highlands and Islands, and believes that the continuing strength of the Highlands and Islands in attracting tourists and supporting key economic sectors is of benefit to Scotland as a whole.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Anne McTaggart, Mary Scanlon, John Finnie, Rob Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, Bill Walker, Graeme Dey, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, David Stewart, David Torrance, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, Mark McDonald, Annabelle Ewing, Margaret Burgess, Gordon MacDonald, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Chic Brodie, Rhoda Grant, Stewart Maxwell