Ryanair announced today that it is to close its base at Glasgow International Airport in a move that could put more than 300 jobs at risk. The announcement was made at the same time as the unveiling of 11 new routes from Edinburgh in Ryanair’s 2018 winter schedule.

The airline will now only operate three routes out of Glasgow international to Dublin, Krakow and Wroclaw. Ryanair will continue to fly from Aberdeen and Glasgow Prestwick.

Ryanair blamed the burden of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on a weak Glasgow market for the changes. David O’Brien, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Ryanair regrets these cuts in the weaker Glasgow market where efforts to stimulate low fare demand are severely hampered by the continuing burden of APD. As a result, we will offer 11 new low fare routes (45 in total including London Stansted) and deliver over 3.5 million passengers per annum at Edinburgh Airport.”

O’Brien also mentioned that Brexit poses a threat to the airline industry and to Scottish tourism.

These changes are due to come in from Winter 2018 and the Summer 2018 schedule from Glasgow International is set to operate as planned.

 

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