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Glasgow Prestwick Airport expects to double passenger turnover

Glasgow Prestwick Airport expects to double passenger turnover

Glasgow Prestwick Airport has announced that it expects to more than double its passenger turnover in the next decade as part of its new 25-year "masterplan".

The airport, which serves as a base for cheap flights airlines, said it would need to develop its infrastructure, which includes the expansion of passenger facilities, to cope with the expected 5.7 million passengers that will pass through the airport in 2018.

That figure is set to jump to 12 million by 2033, with 2006’s figure standing at nearly 2.4 million.

Commenting on the proposed expansion, Mark Rodwell, chief executive of Glasgow Prestwick said that the airport expected to gain a greater share of the Scottish market.

"Our growth will provide more travel opportunities, deliver more visitors, and create more business opportunities and jobs," he said.

The "masterplan" also predicts a 4 per cent year-on-year growth in freight over the same period, with Prestwick expecting to handle around 50,000 tonnes of freight in 2018 and 100,000 tonnes by 2033.

Prestwick is Scotland’s second-largest commercial airport in terms of physical size, although it sits in fourth place behind Edinburgh in terms of passenger turnover.

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