Ryanair Axes Glasgow Base and 20 Routes

Ryanair has demonstrated its ruthlessness when it comes its UK operations by axing it base at Glasgow Airport - and cancelling 20 of its routes from the city

This includes the route from Glasgow to City of Derry Airport, but the upside is that the City of Derry service will be transferred to Edinburgh from October 28.

The number of routes operated from Glasgow Airport is being cut  from 23 to just three, with five being transferred to Edinburgh. It is reckoned that up to 300 jobs could be lost in the city because of the move, with a potential fall of around 500,000 passengers.

Ryanair has blamed the “weaker Glasgow market” and the high Air Passenger Duty rates for the cuts. The Scottish Executive had promised to take action on APD but so far has not managed to fulfil its promise.

Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien said: “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. As a result, we will transfer our Glasgow International based aircraft to Edinburgh in November.”

The only Ryanair flights from Glasgow that will remain are to Dublin, Krakow and Wroclaw from Glasgow in Ryanair’s winter 2018 schedule. Meanwhile the airline says it will operate 45 routes from Edinburgh including 11 new ones.
Ryanair opened its base at Glasgow Airport in autumn 2014, one of several new bases opened across Europe that year.

Just a few days ago Ryanair announced its winter 2018 schedule from Belfast which included a new route to Manchester and services to London Stansted.

Meanwhile, a City of Derry Airport spokeswoman said: “City of Derry Airport can confirm that Ryanair have launched a new service from Edinburgh to City of Derry Airport in winter 2018.

“Ryanair’s existing route from Glasgow International Airport will switch to Edinburgh Airport from October 28.”