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Scottish Airports

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Department has to encourage further investment in Scottish airports and flights, especially in relation to 1992.

The Government's policy of liberalising air services has led to the expansion of direct air services between Scotland and Europe and will continue to encourage operators to provide improved services where demand exists. BAA plc, which owns and operates Scotland's major international airports, has invested and is continuing to invest in facilities to meet the increase in demand. This substantial investment is being funded from the company's own resources.The Scottish Office already provides support to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. in respect of its airports and to Loganair in respect of a lifeline air service to Tiree and Barra.