Ahead of a ministerial statement today updating the Scottish Parliament on proposals for the Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“It took years of expert advice and public consultations before the SNP finally bowed to the need to ban fracking for the sake of our environment and climate.
“Now the Scottish Government need to stand up to the aviation industry and change course over their reckless plan to slash airline taxes and pump tens of thousands of tonnes of additional emissions into the atmosphere.
“Throughout this process, Scottish Liberal Democrats have been clear that a multi-million pound aviation tax break is the wrong priority. It will deprive our schools and hospitals of funding and the Scottish Government has been utterly unable to explain how dramatically increasing airline emissions would help Scotland meet its climate commitments.”