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Air connectivity across Highlands and Islands raised by MSP Rhoda Grant at Scottish Parliament

By Tom Ramage

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Parliamentary Questions on the effect of Covid-19 on the region’s aviation industry have been lodged by Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant.

Mrs Grant is questioning the Scottish Government on what assessment it has made of the impact on Highlands and Islands air routes in the light of the pandemic and what it plans to do to protect the region’s connectivity.

She has also asked the Scottish Government what it plans to do in the light of Loganair suspending its Inverness/Shetland service and following the collapse of the two air routes from Wick John O’ Groats airport.

Mrs Grant’s Highland colleague, Labour MSP David Stewart, has continued to press the Government to bring in a Public Service Obligation – a type of state aid - on the Wick routes to help the future development of the area.

“It’s vitally important the Scottish Government preserves and protects all the region’s air routes,” said Mrs Grant.

“These are lifeline services and should be recognised as such.

"It shows the need for more Public Service Obligations to protect our routes to our islands and remote communities.”

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