Airport campaigners protesting at SNP conference

Members of pressure group Edinburgh Airport Watch at a public meeting in Linlithgow last month
Members of pressure group Edinburgh Airport Watch at a public meeting in Linlithgow last month

A campaign group against the expansion of Edinburgh Airport and its flight paths is sending a protest group to the SNP Party Conference this weekend.

Members of Edinburgh Airport Watch will gather outside the political party’s annual get-together at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday, to highlight the harmful effect the aviation industry has on the environment.

Group spokesman Ian Máté said: “With the announcement on airport expansion at either Heathrow or Gatwick imminent it is time to tell the SNP that supporting Heathrow’s bid to expand and the proposed cut in air passenger duty (APD) is giving the wrong signal.

“The aviation industry pays no VAT or fuel duty and reducing APD is for the rich.

“Scotland is leading the world with the most ambitious climate legislation and we need to remind the government that the aviation industry cannot expect to be above it.”

The protestors will be in place at the venue from 9.45am. For more information e-mail edinburghairport
watch@gmail.com.

The campaign group was set up following the change in flight paths from Edinburgh Airport which has directed more planes over West Lothian, including the Linlithgow, Bo’ness and surrounding areas.