Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government to publish its business plan for the long-term future of Prestwick airport after Ryanair today announced it is to shift the majority of its routes away from the airport.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume said:
“Less than 9 months after stating that they were committed to Prestwick, Ryanair’s decision to remove the majority of its routes away from the airport is upsetting news for all involved. At a time when we need to work together to ensure the viability of the airport that is an important contributor to the Ayrshire economy I am disappointed that Ryanair hasn’t backed up its words with actions.
“The Deputy First Minister said she wanted to develop passenger numbers at the airport. With the majority of flights at Prestwick this winter now scrapped, the Scottish Government must explain how it plans to plug this gap.
“Taxpayers have invested £15million into Prestwick airport but we have yet to see the Scottish Government’s business plan on how it will guarantee future of Prestwick Airport. This news puts further importance on the need for a considered and transparent business case from Scottish ministers.
“Without that business case the workforce at Prestwick and the local community will undoubtedly remain concerned about the airport’s long term future.”