Falkirk East’s SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed news that Virgin Atlantic has been offered the short haul remedy slots from Edinburgh to Heathrow.


The MSP has hailed the offer, which follows International Airline Group's takeover of BMI, as "fantastic news for passengers in Falkirk district".


Angus MacDonald said:


"This is a very welcome announcement that will bring competition on the routes thus keeping prices down which is fantastic news for passengers in Falkirk district.


"I am very keen to see increased competition on such a vital link between the capital cities.


"The air links between Heathrow and Scotland are vital for our local economy here in Falkirk district, with better links giving a huge boost for local businesses and tourism."


"Although this is a welcome development, recovery in the aviation sector is fragile which is why we need devolution of Air Passenger Duty to enable us to incentivise airlines to provide new direct international routes."

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