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Ryanair to axe Glasgow Airport base

Ryanair to axe Glasgow Airport base

Glasgow International Airport will see a reduction in the number of routes operated by Ryanair
Ryanair is to close its base at Glasgow Airport, putting more than 300 jobs at risk.The airline, which also operates out of Prestwick, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, will cut the number of routes out of Glasgow from 23 to just three.The company said 11 new routes would be added to its Edinburgh schedule. Chief commercial officer David O'Brien blamed the change on the cost of air passenger duty and said Glasgow "simply could not bear the burden".Ryanair made the announcement as it unveiled its schedule for winter 2018, confirming that only its services to Dublin, Wroclaw and Krakow would continue from Glasgow.
Mr O'Brien said the move would put 300 jobs at risk with a potential fall of 500,000 passengers, when the base closes in November.
'Severely hampered'
He added: "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 (Air Passenger Duty)."As a result, we will transfer our Glasgow International based aircraft to Edinburgh in November where we will offer 11 new low fare routes (45 in total including London Stansted) and deliver over 3.5m passengers per annum at Edinburgh Airport."He added that Brexit was a threat to Scottish tourism and the airline industry.In future the airline will host 45 routes from Edinburgh, including the 11 new routes.The airline's summer schedule will operate as planned out of Glasgow. Ryanair opened its base at Glasgow Airport in autumn 2014, one of several new bases opened across Europe that year.At the time it said it remained committed to Prestwick Airport and would continue to offer flights from there.
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