We’re already seeing a hike in costs, says airport boss
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Advertising Advertising email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 07393 762401 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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