Ryanair move may threaten Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire

Ryanair 737 at PrestwickPrestwick was taking into government ownership for a nominal sum of £1

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Fears have been expressed for the future of Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire.

Budget carrier Ryanair has said it will make a major announcement tomorrow about its services in Scotland. It will hold simultaneous news conferences in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

It has been suggested the airline will announce it is to begin flying from Glasgow Airport.

Ryanair is the sole remaining scheduled airline at Prestwick.

The Ayrshire terminal was bought by the Scottish Government for £1 last year.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are aware of an announcement from Ryanair tomorrow. The airline is important to Scotland’s airports and we look forward to working with them in the future.

“With regards to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, as the Deputy First Minister outlined in her ICI Committee appearance last month, there is no ‘quick fix’ solution for the airport – it will require a sustained effort over a number of years.”

He added: “We are confident there is a place for Glasgow Prestwick Airport in the evolving and increasingly competitive Scottish aviation market, as an airport serving Ayrshire and other parts of the west of Scotland, and are committed to making it the success we know it can be.”

Sourced from BBC News Scotland

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