Date lodged: 1 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to expand the aviation industry, and what consideration it has given to the construction of additional runways at Scotland’s major airports.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 August 2017
Aviation is pivotal in supporting the Scottish Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth and we work closely with Scotland’s airports to help secure new routes that improve business connectivity and inbound tourism.
Our commitment to deliver a 50% reduction in the overall burden of Air Departure Tax (ADT) by the end of this parliament and to abolish the tax entirely when resources allow will support these efforts.
Additional runways in Scotland will not be required in the short to medium term and the Scottish Government does not plan to create additional runways at the airports it owns.
The Edinburgh Airport Masterplan 2016-2040 outlines that the airport have safeguarded land for a new second runway, however they believe that future growth can be handled by the current runway.
Glasgow Airport’s 2011 draft Master Plan identified that by the end of the period reviewed, nearing 2040, the existing single runway would approach its capacity limits and there would be a need to either evaluate the means of increasing runway capacity or reviewing options for a second runway. Their plan considered both options.