SCOTLAND’S transport secretary Michael Matheson has been accused of sidestepping a call by a Highlands and Islands MSP for consideration of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on Wick airline routes. Labour’s David Stewart wrote to Mr Matheson last month following concern from Caithness Chamber of Commerce and airline company Eastern Airways about the continued viability of airline services. Mr Stewart raised the issue of a possible PSO on the Edinburgh/Wick air route last year due to concerns from local businesses. In July this year he wrote to Mr Matheson again but this time it was with concerns over the Wick/Aberdeen service, supporting the chamber of commerce in its argument for a PSO on the Wick routes due to market failure. A PSO, under European transport law, is a permitted state aid which maintains scheduled air services on routes vital for the economic development of the region they serve. PSOs are the responsibility of the UK Government. However, the Scottish Government can liaise with Westminster on routes seen as vulnerable. “I appealed to Mr Matheson to look at the option of a PSO again,” Mr Stewart said. “But his reply sidestepped the issue and instead mentioned the ‘poor’ reliability of Eastern… Read full this story
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