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Air travel by Scottish Government officials: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
13 Jun 2019
Air travel by Scottish Government officials: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01391
Date received: 1 Jun 2019
Date responded: 12 Jun 2019
Information requested

You asked:
With our First Ministers past and present taking quite a few flights for Scottish Assembly business. I would like to know the following:

1: What class of cabin do they and their companions use on those flights?
2: Do they use the same airlines for the trips to the United States?
3: Has the Scottish Government joined a loyalty programme with those airlines?
4: if they have joined a loyalty programme, I assume those points will be used solely for business use and not personal use?
5: Did their partners join them on those trips and if so at whose expense?

Response

The answer to your questions are as follows:

1. All ministerial travel, including air travel class, is proactively published by the Scottish Government. The information you have requested can be accessed using the links below:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/?term=ministerial&publicationTypes=transparency-data&page=1
https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20170401072519/http:/www.gov.scot/About/People/14944/travel

2. There are various airlines used when travelling to the United States as the Scottish Government wishes to show leadership in getting best value for money, and prudent use of the public purse.

3 & 4.  The Scottish Government has not joined a loyalty scheme with any airline.

5. As set out in the Scottish Ministerial Code, partners may accompany Ministers on official duties when appropriate and expenses incurred may occasionally be paid from public funds.

Further information you requested is available from https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-17-01329/ and https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-ministerial-code-2016-edition/.

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