27 Jun 2002
Glasgow Prestwick International, Scotland's fastest-growing airport, has attracted three of the UK's most prestigious retail, travel and catering companies to the revamped terminal building.
The ambitious new development has been carefully planned to keep pace with rapid growth at Scotland's biggest independent airport.
A record 1.3m passengers flew from Prestwick this year. New routes planned by Prestwick-based Ryanair and additional charter business will see this figure soar by some 31% to an estimated 1.7m by the end of 2003.
Prestwick Managing Director Tom Wilson said: "To attract three major players with such significant track-records is a major coup for Prestwick. The momentum is really starting to build here at the airport and we are focused on the future."
The highly-respected retailer WH Smith is to open two new facilities. Instantly recognisable throughout the UK, WH Smith offers its familiar range of newspapers, books, magazines and confectionery together with products tailored to suit the needs of travelling customers such as travel insurance and accessories.
Alex Smith, Managing Director of WH Smith Travel, said "WH Smith is pleased to have the opportunity to serve passengers, visitors and employees at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport. With the opening of two new stores at Prestwick, we look forward to welcoming our customers in Scotland."
My Travel, formerly Airtours, has taken over the Bureau de Change. Now relocated to a more convenient location next to the Information Desk at Prestwick, the new Bureau de Change offers an efficient service to passengers in a hi-tech environment.
Further initiatives include the introduction of the UK's first fully-automated currency conversion machine. John Bavister, Managing Director of MyTravel Financial Services, said: "This is a great opportunity for us and we are looking forward to working with the airport's management as passenger numbers continue to grow."
And SSP Airport and Marine Restaurants Ltd, part of the world's largest foodservice organisation with operations in over 90 countries worldwide, has been brought in to operate the airport's catering facilities and undertake a substantial overhaul of the restaurants and bars.
Using experience gained at all major UK airports, SSP will develop an exciting new food village experience on the terminal's ground floor. Offering everything from quick-service snacks to a full hot meal service, the new restaurant will be perfectly tailored to meet the needs of both the travelling public and visitors to the airport.
Managing Director Richard Nieto said: "I am delighted that SSP has successfully secured a ten-year deal with the airport, our third new Scottish contract. We are planning major capital investment to improve the current catering arrangements as part of the airport's ongoing development. I look forward to a long and happy relationship with Glasgow Prestwick International Airport."
Tom Wilson added: "These are very exciting developments and I am delighted to welcome our new concessionaires to Glasgow Prestwick.
"With almost four thousand passengers passing through the airport every single day, the demand for high-quality retailing facilities has never been greater. We have therefore invited these three major companies to deliver a superior
level of service and choice to all our customers.
"As our passenger numbers continue to grow, I am confident that our new arrivals will make an invaluable contribution towards consolidating Glasgow Prestwick's position as Scotland's top airport for quality and value for money."
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