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Scotland to London BA flights cut

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BA blamed a doubling of fuel costs for a sharp profits fall

British Airways is to reduce the number of flights from Scotland to London.

The frequency of services from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh will fall by an average of about 6%.

It includes dozens of flights between Aberdeen and Heathrow being cancelled from its winter schedule, which runs from October to March.

BA has blamed a doubling of fuel costs for a sharp profits fall, saying the airline industry faced the "worst trading environment ever".

The carrier made pre-tax profits of 37m in the three months to the end of June compared with 298m a year earlier - an 88% drop.

'Less attractive'

Colin Borland, of the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland, said: "I appreciate that we're looking at a tough trading year ahead.

"But is making it more difficult to do business south of the border or making Scotland a less attractive, less convenient destination for UK tourists going to make conditions better or worse?

"Scotland's poor transport links with the rest of the UK are already putting us at a competitive disadvantage."

He added: "Fewer domestic flights will make us a less attractive destination and will make life even more difficult for small tourism businesses."


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