We’re al­ready see­ing a hike in costs, says air­port boss

Paisley Daily Express - - Brexit Is Already Having An Impact Before It Even - Ken­neth Speirs

David Camp­bell David Camp­bell

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Ad­ver­tis­ing Ad­ver­tis­ing lynsey.gair@trin­i­tymir­ror.com lynsey.07393gair@762401trin­i­tymir­ror.com 07393 762401 kirsteen.brown@trin­i­tymir­ror.com kirsteen.0141309brown@4312trin­i­tymir­ror.com 0141 309 4312 The boss of Glas­gow air­port said yes­ter­day the UK’s fu­ture trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with the EU is al­ready hav­ing an im­pact on the avi­a­tion in­dus­try in the light of Brexit.

She is one of a num­ber of busi­ness lead­ers across Scot­land who be­lieve Brexit may hin­der re­cruit­ment and cur­tail fu­ture growth prospects, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

“Brexit : What ’s At Stake For Busi­nesses”, looks at the key is­sues from the point of view of busi­nesses in their own words.

Amanda McMil­lan, the Lin­wood­born managing di­rec­tor of Glas­gow Air­port, said: “The un­cer­tainty re­gard­ing the UK’s fu­ture trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with the EU is al­ready hav­ing an im­pact on the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

“A num­ber of air­lines have stated they will scale back their UK growth plans, fo­cus­ing in­stead on adding ca­pac­ity at air­ports in the EU.

“This has the po­ten­tial to un­der­mine Scot­land’s con­nec­tiv­ity.”

The re­port says the un­cer­tainty re­gard­ing the UK’s fu­ture trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with EU is al­ready hav­ing an im­pact on the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

A num­ber of air­lines have stated they will scale back their UK growth plans, fo­cus­ing in­stead on adding ca­pac­ity at air­ports in the EU.

Air­lines have also re­ported a marked in­crease in their cost base due to the fluc­tu­a­tion in the ex­change rate.

Taken to­gether, this has the very real po­ten­tial to un­der­mine Scot­land’s con­nec­tiv­ity, the re­port states.

It also high­lights the con­cerns of the Loch Melfort Ho­tel, Ar­gyll, about the dif­fi­culty of hav­ing to at­tract and re­tain staff.

And the Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany says it is im­por­tant to re­main in the Sin­gle Mar­ket to al­low trade re­la­tion­ships to grow.

Min­is­ter for UK Ne­go­ti­a­tions on Scot­land’s Place in Europe Michael Rus­sell said: “This re­port ar­tic­u­lates the con­cerns of Scot­tish busi­nesses as the Brexit clock ticks to­wards the UK’s de­par­ture from the EU.

“It is clear that there is a great deal at stake for ev­ery busi­ness. Their voices must be lis­tened to be­fore ir­re­versible de­ci­sions are taken.”

It was an­nounced yes­ter­day af­ter­noon that Amanda has de­cided to leave her post as chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer with AGS Air­ports Ltd.

She is mov­ing, with her fam­ily, to Aus­tralia af­ter work­ing as the air­port’s MD for more than nine years.

The plan is for her to stay in this role un­til early next year and AGS Air­ports chair­man Sir Peter Ma­son said: “On be­half of the board, I would like to con­vey our sin­cere thanks to Amanda for the out­stand­ing job she has done in es­tab­lish­ing the AGS Air­ports Ltd group since its cre­ation in 2014.

“Through her dis­tinc­tive brand of lead­er­ship, AGS has be­come one of the UK’s lead­ing air­port groups.

“Dur­ing this pe­riod, our air­ports in Aberdeen, Glas­gow and Southamp­ton have ben­e­fited hugely from her drive and com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ally im­prove the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence for our grow­ing num­ber of pas­sen­gers.”

Amanda added: “I have thor­oughly en­joyed lead­ing AGS Air­ports.

“It is with mixed emo­tions that I am plan­ning to move on, but this op­por­tu­nity is one that comes at the right time for us as a fam­ily.

“I am im­mensely proud of the team at AGS which has de­liv­ered sig­nif­i­cant pas­sen­ger growth, se­cured new car­ri­ers, built en­vi­able des­ti­na­tion lists and com­pleted a se­ries of first-class mod­erni­sa­tion projects.”

A num­ber of air­lines have stated they will scale back their UK growth plans, fo­cus­ing in­stead on adding ca­pac­ity at air­ports in the EU Amanda McMil­lan

■■ co­lette.crampsey@trin­i­tymir­ror.com■■ chris.taylor@trin­i­tymir­ror.com ■■ ■■ Avi­a­tion wor­ries Mike Rus­sell and Amanda McMil­lan with the Brexit re­port

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