Buchan Observer - John A. MacInnes
The UK Government has said it will consider using public service obligations (PSO) to help airports such as Aberdeen recover from the pandemic following pressure from David Duguid MP.
The Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan raised the struggles of Aberdeen airport which has seen the loss of two million passengers and several key routes, as well as more than 400 jobs during the pandemic.
Mr Duguid, who campaigned to reinstate Easyjet’s Aberdeen-Gatwick route, asked aviation minister Robert Courts if the UK Government would consider helping the city’s airport through the use of public service obligations.
A PSO, which receives support from the government and council, imposes obligations to ensure the minimum provision of service on a route in terms of continuity, regularity, pricing or minimum capacity.