Air­port sale may never get off ground

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Sarah Ward

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.’

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