Statement from Leader of South Ayrshire Council Douglas Campbell & Depute Leader Brian McGinley
"Prestwick Airport is a key asset not just for the local economy – but for the whole of Scotland and the UK – and the move to return the airport to the private sector reflects the positive changes that we've seen over the last six years and is testament to the huge amount of effort that has been put in by everyone involved.
"Prestwick is on track to become the go-to destination for the aerospace and space industries and we have confirmation of £250 million Ayrshire Growth Deal funding and a commitment from the Scottish and UK Governments as well as the three Ayrshire Councils to deliver a fantastic range of exciting projects, including a spaceport and innovation centre.
"The airport is also a key partner in the South Ayrshire bid to become Scotland's logistics hub for the proposed Heathrow expansion. The hub would support the delivery of goods and services to Heathrow in progressing the construction of a third runway and an additional terminal building.
"All of this will deliver investment, growth and jobs that will benefit communities and the economy across the UK – and that makes Prestwick a very attractive business proposition indeed.
"It is our hope that the return of Prestwick Airport to the private sector will support our ambitions for the airport and the aerospace and space industries – bringing increased jobs, investment and prosperity that will help Prestwick reach its full potential and make a real difference for our people and places."