Local MSP David Stewart, Labour has criticised the Scottish Government over its reaction to airport security and the threat of drone disruption.
David Stewart, asked Michael Matheson,Transport Secretary what discussions the Scottish Government has had with the UK Government, the MoD and the Airport Operators Association regarding measures to prevent drones grounding flights in Scotland.
David Stewart said:
“It appears that the Scottish Government, which owns two airport companies in Scotland, including Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, is leaving this to Westminster to sort out.
“Yes, this is a reserved matter but I think Ministers are negating their responsibilities by just seeking an update from Westminster.
“Some might argue, ‘oh it won’t happen here’ but we can’t be complacent. There needs to be a strategy in place in case it does, especially for the Highlands and Islands where our 11 airports are vital to the economic and social welfare of the region. And, our airports might need more support for this security threat.”
The Scottish Government is awaiting an update from the UK Government over the issue.
The UK Government is planning to release a consultation on drones before the end of February and is set to publish a draft bill by May.