Motion S5M-07700: Reaching Out to the World

18 Sep 2017

That the Parliament notes the report, Reaching Out to the World, which was published by Airlines UK and the travel association, ABTA, which compares Scotland to 10 similar-sized European nations regarding countries and destinations served; understands that the report found that, despite a growth in new destinations, Scotland lags behind other nations when it comes to short-haul, long-haul and direct flights; notes that Scotland comes 10th in terms of countries served, 11th in terms of direct long-haul connectivity, while being in a strong position when it comes to indirect connectivity; acknowledges the figures in the report, which it understands show that Scotland has the highest air passenger taxes of the 11 countries by a large margin, with only one of the other 10 countries levying a tax that is larger than 1/10th of the value of the tax levied in Scotland; welcomes the recommendation in the report that urges the Parliament to support a 50% reduction in Air Departure Tax to help create the opportunity for growth, and considers that Scotland can become a leader in air connectivity if the right decisions are taken.