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Fears for 300 jobs as Ryanair scraps 20 Glasgow routes

HUNDREDS of jobs are under threat after budget airline Ryanair announced it is to close its base at Glasgow Airport. The number of routes operated from Glasgow will be reduced from 23 to three, with five being transferred to Edinburgh.
The airline said it had run out of patience waiting for the Scottish Government to reduce Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax.
Glasgow Airport said it was bitterly disappointed by the move.
The airline’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, said 300 indirect jobs could be lost at Glasgow due to the move with a potential fall in around 500,000 passengers.
He said: “Sadly, the weaker Scottish market is even weaker still in Glasgow, which simply can’t bear the burden of APD at £13.
“This should not come as a surprise to the Government – we did say that our growth in Glasgow was based on their promise to abolish APD, which morphed into a promise to halve APD, which suddenly has disappeared into the ether and quite frankly we don’t have any more patience.
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