Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, is to raise concerns over the lack of flights between London’s Heathrow Airport and Scotland at a meeting of UK ministers next week.
Mr Salmond said to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday that British Airways had been the only carrier flying the Heathrow-Glasgow route since April 2011 when bmi stopped operating the route.
He said there was “mounting evidence that that’s been detrimental to passengers both in terms of available space and in particular in terms of the prices that people are being asked to pay.”
He would be making a presentation, he said, to the meeting which includes ministers from the UK Government and those from the devolved administrations of Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Scotland.
He told Members of the Scottish Parliament there was an “overwhelming urgency on this matter.”
He added, “Air passenger duty would be an important weapon in terms of attracting more direct flights to and from Scotland.”