27 Feb 2018
Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has voiced his disappointment on news that Ryanair is significantly reducing the number of services it provides from Glasgow Airport.
Mr Patrick said: “We’re extremely disappointed by this announcement and our immediate concern is for the people whose jobs may be affected as a result.
“Glasgow Airport has undergone a period of significant growth so to hear a carrier is choosing to reduce its services is quite surprising. The city’s hotel occupancy figures reaffirm this level of traffic, with Glasgow sitting above London in terms of percentage of total full rooms.
“The economic uncertainty and weak position of the Pound as a result of Brexit are both major contributing factors to this decision.
“Looking ahead, it reinforces the absolute necessity for the Scottish Government to deliver on Air Passenger Duty promises, which have unfortunately stalled. This policy stagnation needs to be addressed urgently if we are to remain competitive, attract more visitors and deliver inclusive growth in the West of Scotland. Twenty air routes have been lost overnight because of this delay and we don't want to see any more.
“We must redouble our efforts behind the ambitious plans for visitor growth, including full backing for the airport's route development strategy and swift decisions to support important investment plans like those for the next phase of the SEC - sustaining Glasgow's world-class offering.