A GLASGOW Airport boss has hit out at the lack of consultation from the Scottish Government in relation to the new travel restrictions. 

Earlier today, the First Minister announced that anyone who arrives directly into Scotland, regardless of which country they have come from, will have to quarantine.

But, Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, which own Glasgow Airport, said the restrictions have been introduced without any consultation.

Mr Provan said: “This is the third significant announcement regarding travel restrictions in as many weeks which, once again, have been introduced without any consultation whatsoever.

"We’re also lacking any detail on how the latest layer of restrictions will be implemented.

“We understand the need for short-term emergency measures, and we all want to see this virus brought under control as quickly as possible, however, it’s imperative government engages with industry on developing a recovery plan.

“Our airports are effectively closed, they have been for almost one year and without a recovery plan from government there is no end in sight.

"We need to see sector specific support beyond the rates relief otherwise our entire industry will remain in a perilous position.”

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At today's briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said: "The four UK nations have already agreed that travellers coming into the UK from countries with a travel ban in place will be required to quarantine in hotels.

"This is a necessary measure, but in the Scottish Government’s view, it does not go far enough.

"So the firm view of the Scottish Government is that in order to minimise the risk of new strains coming into the country, managed quarantine must be much more comprehensive.

"I can therefore confirm today that we intend to introduce a managed quarantine requirement for anyone who arrives directly into Scotland, regardless of which country they have come from.

"Obviously, we cannot unilaterally implement immediate managed quarantine for people who arrive in other parts of the UK before travelling on to Scotland.

"So we will continue to urge the UK Government to adopt a comprehensive approach.

"We will set out more detail of how and exactly when the managed quarantine system will be operational as soon as possible.

"I understand how tough restrictions are for our travel and aviation industry as well as for individuals, so we will also look to work with the UK Government to ensure the sector gets the support it needs until such time as we are able to start to ease travel restrictions."