Continued Government interference in the aviation industry will have an adverse effect on the Scottish travel industry, said Flying Matters chairman Brian wilson.

Speaking at the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association spring networking lunch in Glasgow, 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: “Everybody in Scotland wants to see more direct routes out of Scottish airports but if an atmosphere is created in which people are being taxed out of flying then the most vulnerable services are going to be the ones from provincial airports.”