The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Family-run airpark business faces closure

- BY ALLISTER THOMAS

A family-run Aberdeen business is facing closure next week due to the effects of coronaviru­s on air travel.

Aberdeen Airpark in Dyce, set up by businessma­n Garry Macrae 17 years ago, said the virus has brought a total halt to customers.

The 65-year-old, who was due to retire this year and owns the company with his wife, said they no longer have the means to pay the firm’s 20 employees.

He said: “We’ve had to start turning people away in the last couple of weeks to be honest because the gates just have to be closed, it’s as simple as that.

“We haven’t got enough to pay the staff. What do you do?

“Our customers have absolutely loved our service and most of them are really disappoint­ed.

“We had one air hostess that has been parking with us for 17 years, she burst into tears.”

The business, which can accommodat­e up to 750 vehicles, will shut its doors permanentl­y on Tuesday.

Around a quarter of the firm’s business comes from offshore oil and gas workers, which has also dried up due to platforms being downmanned with the oil price drop.

Mr Macrae said he has “tried so many avenues” to access government support in order to keep the facility running but “it all ends up in a dead end”, adding: “I don’t know where we stand now”.

He said: “There’s no point even trying to get this thing up and running, even if there was money in the next three months, but if we did get government money then we could maybe start up again.”

Anyone parked at the site at Cairn Industrial Park has been asked to collect their vehicle by April 9, although there will be arrangemen­ts to pick up cars thereafter.

 ??  ?? Aberdeen Airpark: opened by Macraes 17 years ago
Aberdeen Airpark: opened by Macraes 17 years ago
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