Billionaire Trump throws lifeline to struggling Prestwick Airport
Prestwick Airport was thrown an unlikely lifeline today with the unveiling of a partnership with US tycoon Donald Trump who will be basing his private jet and helicopter at the struggling Ayrshire facility.
He flew in on his Boeing 757 to announce that all Trump Aviation Operations will based at Prestwick which is close to Turnberry golf resort in which he is investing £250m to turn it into what he claims will be the finest resort in the world.
Now owned by the Scottish government, Prestwick’s future has been in doubt in spite of promises from Holyrood backed by more than £10 million of supporting funds. There has been talk of basing the UK spaceport at the airport.
As well as his jet, Trump will also station his Sikorsky 76B Helicopter in Ayrshire.
Trump celebrated the announcement alongside Prestwick chief executive Iain Cochrane, and councillor Bill McIntosh.
Trump said he was “thrilled to be partnering with Glasgow Prestwick Airport” adding that it was “a tremendous facility with a unique rich history”.
He went on: “Their expert team and state of the art operation is perfectly aligned with our global client and member base that travel frequently to Scotland and to Trump Turnberry one of the most beautiful destinations anywhere and home to many of the finest golf resorts in the world including the legendary Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen.”
As part of the partnership, Trump and Prestwick will be offering transfers to Turnberry via the Trump Helicopter, executive cars or private hire.
Cochrane stated that the partnership “will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial to both parties” without elaborating on how it would benefit Prestwick to have Trump’s private operations based there.
He said it will bring significant opportunities for the region as more inbound visitors travel to visit the legendary Trump Turnberry Resort.