Monday 10th December 2012 | 10:02
SNP: Airport boss outlines positive future for Prestwick in independent Scotland
SNP press release
The SNP have welcomed remarks from the owner of Prestwick Airport that an independent Scotland could be a way of opening up business in Scotland.
Tom Wilson, Chief Executive of Infratil Airports Europe – owner of Prestwick Airport – drew comparisons with neighbouring Ireland, which has become an international airport hub, and said that “there is no reason – particularly under independence – that Prestwick could not provide that for Scotland”.
Commenting, South Scotland SNP MSP Chic Brodie said:
“Tom Wilson is absolutely right to draw comparisons with Ireland, which - despite being just across the water from Prestwick – has managed to turn itself into a major international air hub, connecting Europe with North America.
“Mr Wilson’s comments on Air Passenger Duty are absolutely correct – Scotland’s airports are so far down Westminster’s list of priorities, that it’s no wonder their interests and needs have not been listened to.
“With the powers of an independent country we will have full control of APD which would allow us to bring more flights and choices to airports across Scotland.
“For people living in and around Prestwick, there is no bigger visual reminder of Westminster’s failure to look after Scotland’s interests than our local airport.
“That is unacceptable and we must be given the powers to make these decisions for ourselves in Scotland so that we can set APD at a level that will secure the best deal for people in Scotland.”