Aviation strategy

Closed 21 Jan 2022

Opened 18 Oct 2021

Feedback updated 12 Apr 2022

We asked

To help inform the development of a Scottish Government Aviation Strategy, we asked for views on what this strategy should include. The consultation focused on four key areas: the transition to low and zero-emission aviation, Scotland’s international connectivity, Scotland’s domestic connectivity and airfreight.  We also sought views on what else the aviation strategy should cover.

You said

In total 93 responses were received to the online consultation. 38 responses were from individuals and 55 from organisations, with a broad range of different organisations and interests represented. We also ran four stakeholder workshops to discuss specific consultation topics.

Respondents had different views on what the Aviation Strategy should try to achieve. Some suggested that the strategy should be ambitious in seeking to restore and grow Scotland’s connectivity, taking action to increase Scotland’s competiveness in the global aviation market and responding to the challenges resulting from COVID-19. Others put forward the view that, in the light of the climate emergency, Scotland should not be seeking to restore 2019 levels of connectivity and should instead consider introducing measures to reduce aviation demand. There was, however, broad support for measures to support the development and use of hydrogen/electric aircraft and sustainable aviation fuels that meet strict environmental criteria.   

A number of respondents also highlighted the important role that air services play in providing connectivity in the Highlands and Islands and suggested how these could be improved.

Some respondents put forward suggestions for other areas to cover in the Aviation Strategy including noise, surface access (travel to and from the airport) and General Aviation. 

We did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an independent analysis of the consultation responses. The independent analysis of the consultation responses can be found on the Transport Scotland website.  It includes the reports of the stakeholder workshops.

Work is now underway to develop the aviation strategy, building on the ideas and suggestions from the consultation as well as relevant Scottish Government strategies and polices.

A number of respondents to the consultation offered to work with the Scottish Government on the next stage of developing the Aviation Strategy. We will consider these offers, alongside what other engagement might be needed, as we progress the work to develop the strategy.

We expect to publish the Aviation Strategy at the end of this year/ beginning of 2023.

Published responses

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This consultation seeks your views on how to realise our vision for aviation:

"For Scotland to have national and international connectivity that allows us to enjoy all the economic and social benefits of air travel while reducing our environmental impact."

It covers the transition to low and zero emission aviation, Scotland's international connectivity, Scotland's domestic connectivity and air freight.

As the Aviation Strategy will consider both short and long term goals, we will continue to adapt it in response to emerging trends and technological developments.

The Aviation Strategy will not consider the transport infrastructure needed to travel to and from the main Scottish airports as this is being covered in Transport Scotland’s Strategic Projects Review 2.

Why your views matter

Read the discussion document.

This is an opportunity to put forward your ideas for what should be included in the Aviation Strategy. 

We want to hear your suggestions for how the Scottish Government can work with others so that we can enjoy all the economic and social benefits of air travel while reducing our environmental impact.  This includes how to accelerate the transition to low/ zero emission aviation and how to rebuild and grow Sscotland's international connecivity. 

We are also keen to hear your views on how we can best achieve our aim for domestic connectivity, namely to have low/zero-emission air services which meet the needs of communities and help deliver sustainable economic growth.  

Air freight is covered too, and we are interested in your ideas for how air freight can help promote efficient and sustainable freight transport.

What happens next

The Aviation Strategy will then form the basis of the work that the Scottish Government and partner agencies undertake with the aviation industry and other relevant organisations to achieve our vision.


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