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Gavin Newlands MP visits Glasgow Airport for launch of the new AirBus

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, visited Glasgow Airport for the launch of EasyJet’s new Airbus A320neo.

EasyJet state that the neo brings significant environmental and operational benefits – up to 15 percent savings in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50 percent on take-off and landing phase. Crucially, this means the quieter aircraft minimises its noise impact on local communities.

Since 2000, EasyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger, per kilometre by over 32%. Its current target is a 10% reduction from its financial year 2016 performance by 2022, which would be a 38% improvement from 2000.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“It was good to join George Adam MSP and the Transport Minister himself, Humza Yousaf MSP, at Glasgow Airport to find out more about EasyJet’s new Airbus A320neo.

“I’ve always had a keen interest in aviation so it was fantastic to be able to speak with the Base Pilot about the significant environmental and operational benefits that the new Airbus will bring about.

“It’s important that the aviation industry continues to challenge itself to keep reducing their levels of both CO2 emissions, and noise pollution. The 15% reduction in CO2 output is very much welcome, but the even bigger engineering feat is the 50% reduction in noise on take-off and landing, which represents a huge leap forward for aviation and for those residents, like me, who live near the airport or under an aircraft approach/departure flight path.

“I congratulate Airbus and EasyJet for this innovation and thank Glasgow Airport for hosting us. I look forward to being a passenger on the new quieter Airbus!”

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