14 Sep 2004
The £570,000 transport and infrastructure improvements inspected today (Tuesday September 14) by Transport Minister Nicol Stephen have significantly enhanced Glasgow Prestwick, Scotland's fastest-growing airport and one of the fastest-growing in the whole of the UK.
Glasgow Prestwick Executive Chairman Phil Walker said:
"We are delighted to welcome the Minister to Glasgow Prestwick, the low-cost, efficient and convenient gateway to Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.
"Over the last few years Glasgow Prestwick has experienced phenomenal growth, thanks mainly to Ryanair, Europe's largest no frills airline. We now handle over two million passengers annually, so it's vital that our infrastructure is modernised and keeps pace with this growth, as we aim to handle four million passengers by 2010.
"Our growth is inexorable: only last week Ryanair announced four new routes to Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Murcia and Pisa. The new destinations mean we now have more direct daily European scheduled services than Glasgow Abbotsinch and Edinburgh combined.
"Two weeks ago we ourselves announced a major £3m investment in the airport and we welcome this extra support from the Scottish Executive and our partners South Ayrshire Council.
"The improvements we are celebrating today will allow better use of public transport facilities and greatly enhance access to the airport for our passengers. In years to come, they will help us achieve our full potential as a leading international airport."
They new facilities include the expansion of bus services to and from the airport; bus pick-up and drop-off points along the front of the terminal; raised kerbs for the disabled; a new customer information system in the airport terminal and railway station; CCTV at the front of the terminal; and new covered walkways from the car parks to the terminal and railway station.
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