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NEW ROUTES & PARTY POLITICS
 
Michael O'Leary pitched up at a press conference in Edinburgh last week and announced an incredible fifteen new routes to Ryanair's winter 2017 schedule from Scotland. The majority of those new routes, thirteen to be precise, will operate from Edinburgh Airport.

It's an amazing growth story and one of the main factors for introducing these new routes seems to be the proposed 50% reduction in APD by Scottish government ( if the SNP government can get the bill through Holyrood as they no longer have a majority) to be implemented in April 2018. So agreement is needed from some of the other parties to get this bill through.

It's not often I find myself agreeing with Mr O'Leary, (as he is a somewhat of a controversial character within the travel trade), but I'm totally with him on this one, as he called for the Scottish government to adopt the Irish model and scrap APD all together. 

It will mean a lot of new airport and tourism jobs, as these flights will bring a huge amount of visitors into Scotland and the money they spend flows through the Scottish economy.

However, I understand from the press conference that failure to deliver these APD cuts will result in these new routes being re-evaluated. That's totally understandable - APD has a big bearing on route profitability.

Mr O'Leary is renowned for his ruthless approach to business, so I really hope that the SNP can deliver on their manifesto promise of that 50% reduction in APD, as this is exactly the kind of scenario that they predicted would happen if the cuts were implemented - more jobs and more revenue for the tourist industry. Great news for Scotland! 

Let's hope that party politics doesn't get in the way.
 
Alan Glen SPAA President
21 February 2017
 
 
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 87TH DINNER PREPARATIONS WELL UNDER WAY!

Preparations are well under way for the SPAA 87th Dinner, which will take place on 02 March in the Crowne Plaza. Our speakers this year are Gordon Wilson CEO Travelport and also Bill Turnball ex BBC Breakfast Presenter - both I am sure will be very interesting. Along with our speakers we will also have the amazing music of a pipe band. Our after party this year will see the return of Robert Mcintosh (some of you may remember him from the awards after party) This is a very popular event and is not to be missed - if you haven't already got your ticket, please drop a note below or contact [email protected].

Gayle Gordon 14/02/17

 

 

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