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Long-term questions remain over future of Prestwick

October 8, 2013 5:05 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking after a statement in the Scottish Parliament by NicolaJim HumeJim Hume Sturgeon on taking Prestwick Airport into the public sector, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the South of Scotland Jim Hume said:

"The decision is good for the short-term security of the people who work at the airport, the local economy and passengers.

"Questions remain about how much effort the Scottish Government is making to get the substantial private businesses, who benefit from the airport, to support its renewal. Ryanair, for example, made £500m profits and have previously received grants from the Scottish Government. Others engaged in wider aerospace businesses could have a role.

"At the moment the Scottish Government doesn't have a plan or a price. These will need to be set out clearly before we know for sure that a long term future can be achieved."