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S5W-06383: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what milestones were set out in the business plan for Glasgow Prestwick Airport when it took ownership in 2013.

Answered by: Keith Brown 27 January 2017

Glasgow Prestwick Airport published their Strategic Vision in October 2014. This built upon a business plan that was developed by a senior adviser and included as much of his work as possible without impinging on commercial confidentiality and the airport’s ability to operate commercially. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is finalising a new 5 year Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2022 now and this will be published shortly.

The overall aim set out in the Strategic Vision published in October 2014 was to operate the airport in a safe, cost-effective and efficient manner and to develop and enhance its variety of business interests in order to return it to profitability, with the long-term intention of returning it to the private sector.

Prestwick Airport is a non-typical airport where success is not predicated on passenger traffic or any one business area alone. There are a number of opportunities for the airport’s management team to build on, including increasing freight and passenger traffic, fixed base operations, maintenance, repair and overhaul, property and it is very well placed to provide world class facilities for the UK Spaceport program.