Airport tests must follow the science

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine believes any moves to shorten quarantine to support the aviation and holiday industries must take into account medical and scientific advice.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 3:48 pm
Pic Lisa Ferguson/JPI Media. Edinburgh Airport.

This follows the Government statement that it is looking at either quarantines designed to take into account regional differences in countries visited and shortening the 14-day quarantine period by combining it with testing.

Ms Jardine (Lib Dem) said that this would be welcomed by the aviation industry but added: “I’m grateful to the Minister for providing assurances but we need a balanced approach that takes into account both the health priorities and economic needs.

“In Edinburgh West, the Airport has already confirmed that a third of its staff is to be made redundant and while we all recognise the need to improve the industry’s green credentials it is also vital to the city, and Scotland’s economic future.

“The Liberal Democrats have always taken our lead from the experts on the UK’s approach to the covid pandemic, so if quarantine is necessary it should be supported. However, the Government should be focused on increasing its testing and tracing operating to prevent a surge in cases. The priority needs to be the protection of people, but we also need a coherent strategy between both our Governments to support the industry as we are still waiting to see a national aviation strategy.”