- Alfie Baron
The blame seems to be squarely placed on the Scottish Government’s shoulders and their inability to act on Air Passenger Duty (APD).
The SNP promised to replace APD with a Scottish Air Departure Tax (ADT) by April - cutting the levy by 50 per cent before abolishing it completely ‘when nuances allow'.
These plans were passed at Holyrood last summer - but the implementation has been delayed until at least April 2019 alter a row between Holyrood, Westminster and the EU over an exemption for H bland and island airports.
Ryanair says APD (which is £13 a head on short-haul nights) - has forced it into making cutbacks.
A Glasgow Airport spokesman said:
“We are bitterly disappointed at this decision by Ryanair...
“This is a result or the airline's review of its single-aircraft bases. However, we have been left in no doubt it is also a consequence of the Scottish Government's inability to introduce its proposed 50 per cent cut in Air Departure Tax."