Top Must see European Destinations from Prestwick Airport

We all love a good getaway, don’t we? Whatever your tastes are, party-rocking or family-friendly, we have the destination for you. Prestwick Airport only travels to 16 destinations and we’ve narrowed it down to our top 4 must-see places in Europe for a bit of #travelinspo.

From party-central Ibiza to colourful Barcelona, you’re sure to have a great holiday from Prestwick.

Let’s escape the glooomy British skies for somewhere a little sunnier!

Number 1: Rome

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Prestwick Airport CEO to be replaced

After just 15 months in charge, Glasgow Prestwick Airport boss, Ron Smith, will be leaving his position as CEO behind at the end of the month. Although no official reason for his departure has been disclosed, the airport has revealed that the decision was made upon “mutual consent” Continue reading…

Prestwick Airport spends £500,000 on new facilities

Prestwick Airport has recently splashed out £500,000 on its new facilities. The money has been spent on 8 new baggage cars costing £293,000 and luggage belts worth £90,000, as well as an upgrade to air conditioning within the departure lounge. Plans to improve check in technology, back up generators and walkway barriers are also in the works.The new features come after the disappointing news that the airport’s passenger numbers are in decline, as well as its freight numbers decreasing, too.

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Vital £8.5 million investment for Prestwick Airport

Aircraft maintenance firm Chevron Aircraft Maintenance has invested £8.5m into Prestwick Airport. The company’s aim is to create a “world-class centre of excellence” for various aspects of the airport such as aircraft engineering and maintenance and training. The expansion will create 82 jobs, 67 of which will be highly specialised positions, while expecting to increase turnover by around £10 million,taking it to £19 million by 2021. Continue reading…

A flight to Europe or a flight to outer space?

After much planning and deliberation, Scotland has taken another step towards sending flights into orbit! Prestwick Airport have teamed up with two companies – one a space plane firm and the other a launch vehicle designer – to help this space mission become a reality. Continue reading…

Prestwick Airport is on the up!

Mike Stewart, the New Business Development Director of cargo for Prestwick Airport, was recently appointed in November 2015 and has set out to drive freight contracts to Prestwick. Continue reading…

Jobs at Prestwick, as Malta route begins

Prestwick Airport has hired ninety seasonal workers. The new employees will help resident carrier, Ryanair, handle its “busy summer schedule”, which includes a new flight from the Scottish airport to the Mediterranean island of Malta. The twice-weekly route, which was launched on April 14, joins Alicante in Spain and Faro in Portugal as the cornerstone of Ryanair’s ‘sun and sea’ campaign at Prestwick. Continue reading…

Ryanair blamed for January exodus

The latest figures released by New Zealand-based firm, Infratil, have revealed that Glasgow Prestwick Airport lost 40,039 travellers between January 2010 and the same month this year. The slump, equal to a 40% reduction in passenger numbers, is the result of capacity cuts by budget airline, Ryanair.

Whilst it would have been easy for Infratil to heap blame on Michael O’Leary’s airline, the Kiwi firm has singled out the Air Passenger Duty (APD) as the reason for Prestwick’s sour fortunes. Last year, O’Leary referred to APD as “tourism suicide” and “insanely stupid”, before making a decision to base fewer planes in the UK. The Irishman’s pledge ultimately resulted in the loss of domestic routes between Prestwick and airports in London and Belfast.

Comparisons will inevitably be made between the figures for January 2011, and those for October 2010, when the hub recorded a 17% boom in the number of people choosing to fly from Prestwick. The stark contrast in performance serves to emphasise just how much the Scottish hub relies on Ryanair to bring passengers and business into Ayrshire, a dependence that has previously been criticised by local MP, Brian Donohoe.

The termination of Ryanair flights from Prestwick has also forced 40 redundancies, around 10% of the hub’s workforce. Iain Cochrane, chief executive at the airport, said that the aviation industry was struggling with a “very difficult market” at present. However, Mr. Cochrane was hopeful that a series of new flights, due to debut this summer, would dispel the black clouds hovering over Prestwick. The new destinations include Spain, Portugal, the island of Majorca, and the Canary Islands.

Infratil, which also owns Kent Manston airport in the UK, and a 66% share in Wellington Airport in New Zealand, said that freight numbers were “performing strongly” at Prestwick. The Scottish airport also enjoyed a minor passenger boost in December, as heavy snowfall forced Edinburgh and Glasgow-bound aircraft to divert to Prestwick.

Prestwick reports 17% passenger boost

Prestwick Airport’s resident airlines, Ryanair, Flybe, Wizz Air, and Freebird Airlines, which may or may not be named after the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, helped more passengers find their holiday destinations in October 2010 than in the same period last year. The rise, a boost of around 17%, has been attributed to the collapse of major airline, Flyglobespan, at Edinburgh Airport.

The Ayrshire hub is likely to have experienced higher than normal traffic in November and early December too, as Edinburgh and Glasgow, the first and second largest airports in Scotland, were forced to divert 30 flights to Prestwick due to heavy snow. Prestwick is frequently used as a ‘safety net’ for planes that cannot land at other airports, due to its apparent invulnerability to the elements.

In total, 177,280 travellers paid a visit to Prestwick in October 2010, a good 25,000 more than in October 2009. Graeme Sweenie, CEO at New Zealand firm, and current owner of Prestwick, Infratil, noted that the airport had a “strong summer,” buoyed by the loss of 24 Flyglobespan routes at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. The airline’s demise sent its 1.6m annual passengers to other carriers, such as Ryanair at Prestwick.

October might seem like a slow month with regard to people jetting off on holiday, especially when compared to August or December, but the school half term at the end of the month is becoming an increasingly lucrative period for UK airlines. Budget flights from Prestwick to Arrecife on Lanzarote and Faro in Portugal are helping families escape the Great British drizzle, whilst the city of Riga in Latvia, also on Prestwick’s books, is an ideal location for ballet and theatre fans.

However, Graeme Sweenie remains cautious about the bleak mid-winter months, to quote a carol, noting that the colder season tends to be “challenging” for the aviation industry.