Aviation: Universal Service Obligation

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 8 March 2023.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of introducing public service obligation routes for air travel on regional connectivity.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Existing policy to support domestic connectivity provide public service obligations (PSOs) to protect routes into London that are in danger of being lost. The Government jointly funds three routes from Newquay, Dundee and Derry/Londonderry. In addition, 17 PSOs operate entirely in Scotland connecting the Highlands and Islands, funded by the Scottish Government.

The Department continues to consider how PSOs, alongside other policy measures, could help to meet regional connectivity, union connectivity and levelling-up objectives.

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