Ryanair to close Glasgow base due to SNP Tax issues?

  • Alfie Baron
Reports are suggesting that Ryanair are to close their base at Glasgow Airport - Putting 300 jobs at risk.

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."

Ryanair close Glasgow operations
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.