SNP backing for Heathrow expansion is flightplan for climate chaos

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today warned that proposals for a third runway at Heathrow would undermine the city's own airport and have an immensely damaging effect on Scotland's environment.

The Liberal Democrat MP said she was dismayed that the plans had won the support of both the SNP and Tories and called on those party's representatives in Edinburgh to think again.

Ms Jardine said:

"I'm appalled that the SNP government has given this plan its backing without even thinking about the impact that 100 extra Scottish flights per week to Heathrow would mean for the climate, pumping thousands of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere. This is a flightplan for climate chaos.

"We should be focusing on cheaper, better and faster rail services instead.

"What's more Edinburgh is successfully attracting direct international flights to the USA, China, Dubai, Qatar and Israel. We don't want to have to take flights to London every time we go anywhere, and it certainly wouldn't help encourage business or tourism to the city.

"This will simply funnel yet more passengers to London, centralising yet more of our economy in the South East.

“It looks like money well spent for the air industry lobbyists who propped up the Conservative and SNP conference. Every Scottish MP should be saying no to expansion at Heathrow."

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