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An influential group of members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) has published a report calling for additional marketing support for airlines providing direct flights into the country.

BAA, operator of Scotland's busiest airports, has welcomed the report published by the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

“Aviation is an integral part of the social and economic life of our country, delivering thousands of high quality jobs, generating investment and sustaining our tourist industry, now, more than ever, the lifeblood of our economy.

“We have made it clear that we believe there is a strong case for some form of EU-compliant marketing support fund and argued strongly for this in our evidence to the committee. Since 2002 BAA Scotland has invested in excess of £110 million in route development support for airlines starting new direct international services. "This work has transformed Scotland's international connectivity. We would welcome any additional support which builds on this success for the benefit of business and leisure travellers" said BAA's Gordon Dewar, managing director of Glasgow and acting MD of Edinburgh airport.

Dewar went on to highlight the importance of supporting Scottish airlines in difficult times, caused by rising fuel prices and difficult economic conditions.

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