The continuing loss and possible closure of Prestwick, if losses cannot be continued by the new management could pose a problem for US President Donald Trump (and his family who now run the Trump Scottish hotels and golfing concerns). The moving of the Open Golf tournament to non-trump owned course also affected Prestwick air traffic and hampered expansion. Only 17 routes to five countries were scheduled in 2015-2016.
"Unless the Scottish Government can increase use of the facilities possibly by tax breaks and much increased freight traffic, the future looks bleak in the short to medium term." One idea that Director Ron Smith might like to urgently consider is moving his plush corporate office out of Buchanan House, Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 and back on-site to the airport in Prestwick, especially if he is seeking to expand the unique heavy lift cargo potential of the airport," he added.
22 December 2016
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