Air, Freight News

Scots gateway for sale

[ June 14, 2019   //   ]

The Scottish Government is to offer Glasgow Prestwick Airport and return it to the private sector.

The airport, to the south-west of Glasgow, was taken into public ownership in November 2013. It handles regular all-cargo aircraft flights and also houses a Border Inspection Post for large animals.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “Since the Scottish Government bought Glasgow Prestwick Airport in 2013, we have been clear that it is our intention to return the business to the private sector when the time is right.

“The senior management team at the airport has continued to engage with potential buyers and investors to discuss proposals for developing the business under new ownership.

“Good progress continues to be made by the airport to increase revenue, deliver operating efficiencies and pursue exciting opportunities for the future, including Spaceport.”

The airport will shortly place an advert in the Official Journal of the European Union inviting expressions of interest.