14-06-2012 : McArthur and Scott Offered Reassurances by GIP Over Edinburgh Airport
Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) recently took over Edinburgh Airport, following the purchase from BAA. Northern Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott met with representatives of GIP this afternoon to discuss the company’s plans for the airport, particularly in relation to charges. Concerns had been raised about the charging structure introduced by GIP at both its London airports, Gatwick and City, which resulted in some regional air services re-locating.
Commenting after the meeting, Mr McArthur said:
“The transfer of ownership at Edinburgh airport is of significant interest to people in Orkney and Shetland. This route has grown in importance over the years and is now a vital link, particularly for many island businesses.
“Today’s meeting was very useful. It allowed Tavish and I an early opportunity to set out concerns that have been raised with us about the potential implications of the change in ownership for lifeline air services to the Northern Isles.
“Sir John Elvidge acknowledged our concerns, but stressed GIP’s commitment to avoiding disruption to these critical services. He was clear that, in terms of charging and the current flight schedule, it is not the intention of GIP to make any alterations.
“I welcome Sir John’s assurances. Given the effect of the Scottish Government’s cuts to the Air Discount Scheme, it is important that further disruption is avoided.
“It was also encouraging to hear about GIP’s plans to develop Edinburgh airport, including improvements that should allow passengers to complete security checks more quickly. I am sure that this will be welcomed by all those who use the airport.”