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Glasgow Airport set for decline due to airline Brexit concerns
12 October 2017

Brixit concerns are causing airlines to scale back investment in the UK with Glasgow Airport already confirmed to lose a number of international flights.

After 55 months of consecutive growth and record passenger numbers, Glasgow Airport, a crucial driving force behind Scotland's economy, is set for a downward flow in passenger numbers and job losses as airlines begin to cut flights amid Brexit concerns.

Thomson Airways, part of the TUI Travel group, has confirmed it will half the size of it's Glasgow Airport base resulting in significant job losses for pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff. Currently, the airline has two Boeing 757-200 type aircraft with 223 seats based at the airport. One of these aircraft will be removed from the base at the end of October 2017 and will not return to Scotland's largest city next summer, leaving Glasgow with just one-single Thomson based aircraft.

Similarly, Flybe has revealed that it will remove one of its four Glasgow-based Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft resulting in further job losses for pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff.

And it's not just airlines based at Glasgow Airport that are culling flights.

Glasgow's new flagship Air France service to Paris CDG will be terminated at the end of October 2017, just a year and a half after the daily service was launched, while Wizz Air, one of Europe's fastest growing airlines, has axed flights connecting Glasgow with Bucharest, Lublin, Poznan, Vilnius, and Warsaw.

Further routes and investment could be cut from Glasgow and other Scottish airports for 2018.

Commenting on Brexit, Amanda McMillan, Managing Director, Glasgow Airport, said: “A number of airlines have stated they will scale back their UK growth plans, focusing instead on adding capacity at airports in the EU.”

UK chancellor Philip Hammond has acknowledged the possibility of a halt to European flights following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, but has also dismissed it as far-fetched.

Hammond gave evidence to the parliamentary treasury select committee on 11 October. He was addressing such issues as the timing of a potential commitment of public funds in the event that no agreement is reached on future co-operation between the UK and the EU after the exit date in March 2019.

“Obviously one can plan for the most extreme scenario, it is theoretically conceivable that, in a no-deal scenario, there will be no air traffic moving between the UK and European Union on 29 March 2019.

“But I don't think anybody seriously believes that that is where we will get to.”

Direct non-stop flights are not only fast and convenient for passengers but also important economic drivers for the region. Direct non-stop flights fulfill important business and industry needs while also satisfying customer demand and stimulating tourism. Every route lost from Glasgow Airport is a huge blow for the city and Scotland as a whole.