Airport sale may never get off ground
THE sale of Prestwick Airport to the private sector may not go ahead, the Transport Secretary has admitted.
The indebted airport was put up for sale by the Scottish Government in June.
A bidder was expected to be selected in September and a sale completed by October 4, according to sale documents.
But there has yet to be any official announcement of a preferred bidder, or even confirmation a sale is imminent.
In 2013, the Government bought the airport for £1 to avert closure. But amid questions about negotiations over the airport’s future Transport Secretary Michael Matheson informed the convener of Holyrood’s rural economy and connectivity committee, Edward Mountain, that the sale might fall through.
Colin Smyth, Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman, said: ‘It’s clear that the initial sale timetable was unrealistic and the Government’s secrecy will raise questions over whether a credible bid is on the table and a sale is feasible.’