DIRECT flights from Scotland will be severely curtailed from next year after the European Commission ordered an end to subsidies to long-haul destinations.
Scotland on Sunday has learned that the EC, under pressure from European national flag carriers, has stepped in to curb expansion of Scotland's international air services.
In a move that will dismay business and leisure travellers alike, the EC will not permit the Executive to invest further taxpayers' money from the Route Development Fund into flights beyond European Union boundaries.
It has been copied in Northern Ireland, but it is understood that some of the big European airlines, whose identities have not been disclosed, have been lobbying against it.
Another reason to leave the EU
The system is fair and non-discriminatory. Are airlines concerned about less transfer passengers at their hubs? Well how about responding to the changing market and launching new point to point flights or opening new routes from their hubs to smaller markets (eg KLM to Chengdu) rather than moaning to the EU?
And dont the EU recognise the role of the RDF in economic development? Im not surprised the Scots are outraged. I hope this mess gets sorted out