Government intervention could damage Scottish travel industry

Continued Government interference in the aviation industry will have an adverse effect on the Scottish travel industry.

Speaking at the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association spring networking lunch today, Flying Matters chairman Brian Wilson said direct flights out of Scotland remain vulnerable due to having lower load factors than routes out of London.

He believes these would be the first to be cancelled by airlines should the Government seek to raise more money by hiking up environmental taxes in a bid to appear green.

This would lead to the cancellation of direct Scottish routes as airlines look to save costs, leaving Scottish passengers forced to spend more time and money travelling via London hubs.

Wilson added: “You would be pushing people back into Scotland when what everyone wants is to pull as many people as possible out of London by giving them more direct routes.”

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