Two-year limit on start-up cash is ‘missed opportunity’

By Keith Findlay

Published: 30/09/2013

Plans to limit start up-aid for new air passenger routes have come under attack in the north.

Highlands and Islands Airports (Hial) said they were a “missed opportunity” to deliver meaningful support for the aviation industry in Scotland.

The European Commission (EC) is consulting on new guidelines on state aid to airports and airlines. It includes support for route development for airports with fewer than three million passengers a year, due to come into force in 2014.

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