Edinburgh Airport will benefit from the move Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said he was torn between the pleasure of the new routes and relief that the cuts were not hitting Edinburgh, but added that the move was a “wake up call for the government”.Derek Mackay, the Finance Minister, said the decision was disappointing and claimed the continued uncertainty around Brexit was having a negative impact on route development. The budget airline Ryanair has claimed hundreds of jobs are under threat as it blamed the Scottish Government for its decision to close its base at Glasgow Airport.The number of routes operated from the airport will be cut from 23 to three, with five being transferred to Edinburgh.The airline opened a new base at Glasgow Airport in 2014, but will only fly to Dublin, Krakow and Wroclaw from Glasgow in its winter 2018 schedule. It plans to operate 45 routes from Edinburgh, including 11 new flights.Ryanair said it had run out of patience waiting for the Scottish Government to reduce Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax after ministers promised it would be halved.Glasgow Airport said it was “bitterly disappointed” and there was “no doubt” the failure to replace APD with a cheaper air departure tax (ADT) in Scotland was behind the moveDavid O’Brien, Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, said 300 indirect jobs could be lost at Glasgow with a potential fall in around 500,000 passengers. He said the government was still committed to reducing passenger duty by 50 per cent by the end of this Parliament and wanted to “get on and deliver it”.He claimed it had been deferred while issues were resolved over plans to continue to exempt journeys from airports in the Highlands and Islands, which requires EU approval under state aid rules.In October, he claimed the “mess” was the UK Government’s fault while the Treasury said it was the responsibility of the SNP administration to make sure any new tax complied with the rules.Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrat MP and Scottish affairs spokesman, said the Scottish Government’s “shambolic” handling of the policy had undermined its credibility with business.She added: “Opposition parties and the Scottish public were unconvinced by their pledge to cut airport taxes.”The whole policy fell through when a close reading revealed that the whole thing had been impossible all along.” “There are other markets in the UK and Europe which offer a more compelling proposition.”Mr O’Brien said the “flip side” was a possible 700 jobs being created in Edinburgh. Ryanair also said Brexit was a background factor threatening Scottish tourism and the airline industry.A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said that despite repeated warnings from both airports and airlines about the potential impact of the policy not being implemented, it was now faced with the “stark scenario that includes the loss of 20 services and a significant number of jobs”.”This is the second example in as many months of an airline cutting capacity in Scotland because of the lack of movement on ADT,” he added. “The reality is this capacity will be reallocated elsewhere in Europe to countries with more favourable aviation taxation policies to Scotland’s detriment.” Please see below our reaction to the news Ryanair is to cut 20 routes at Glasgow Airport from November 2018. The airline will continue to operate its three-times daily route to Dublin and twice-weekly services to Krakow and Wroclaw as normal. pic.twitter.com/uAM2WeaVwE— Glasgow Airport (@GLA_Airport) February 27, 2018 He added: “Sadly the weaker Scottish market is even weaker still in Glasgow which simply can’t bare the burden of APD at £13.”This should not come as a surprise to the government, we did say that our growth in Glasgow was based on their promise to abolish APD, which morphed into a promise to half APD, which suddenly has disappeared into the ether and quite frankly we don’t have any more patience.