News Listings for Glasgow Prestwick International

  • Priming Prestwick as a global player

    News | 27 Feb 2007 00:00

    <H2><FONT size=3>Tom Wilson, who was for seven years the chief executive of the UK's Glasgow Prestwick International airport in Scotland, talks about his time in the aviation industry and his ambitions in the field of children's literature.</FONT></H2> <P>During his seven years at the helm at Glasgow Prestwick airport, Tom Wilson oversaw the transformation of the airport from a peripheral, struggling facility into a thriving international hub with more than a dozen scheduled international connections. </P> <P>He is now managing director of his own company, Viscount Aviation, which provides a range of aviation services and is handling interim management at two airports owned by Infratil - Hamburg Lübeck and Kent International, formerly known as Manston. </P> <P> <TABLE style="PADDING-RIGHT: 10px; PADDING-LEFT: 10px; FLOAT: right; PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; OVERFLOW: auto; WIDTH: 167px; PADDING-TOP: 10px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH><IMG style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px so
  • Simulator will help Prestwick train for procedure changes

    News | 07 Jan 2003 00:00

    <p>CARROLL MCCORMICK / MONTREAL</p> <p>Approach controller recurrent training at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, Scotland, will soon be carried out on a simulator. The airport is to take delivery of an Adacel two-position air traffic control radar simulator in late January just in time for a local area procedural redesign. "If the changes are approved, we will have massive changes in the approach and departure procedures," says Elliott Summers, Prestwick's senior air traffic controller officer.</p> <p>The Aviation Research and Training Tools (ARTT) system, which can operate on a laptop computer, will give Prestwick an aid that will enable it to carry out familiarisation, emergency, upgrade and promotion assessment as well as recurrent training. "We train controllers specifically to our needs," says Summers. "The simulator will provide us with better-trained and equipped controllers for the working environment." Prestwick expects to need five more controllers in the next five
  • Fresh start for Virgin Express

    News | 01 Nov 1998 00:00

    <p>The move by Virgin Express to establish a new Irish subsidiary in Shannon will, alongside its fledgling French operation, give the carrier the resources and cost structure it needs to pursue growth. </p> <p>Gus Carbonell, director of marketing and planning at the Brussels-based carrier, says the heavy social charges attached to employees in Belgium and restrictions linked to the Belgian airline operating certificate (AOC) have been a major constraint on growth. Attempts to cut pilot costs by hiring more non-Belgian pilots were thwarted by the authorities. "There is a limit to how many the Belgian authorities will validate under their operating licence," says Carbonell. Pilots cannot operate Belgian registered aircraft without a Belgian validation. </p> <p>The Irish and French operations will enable Virgin to recruit and attract the pilots it needs at a lower cost, says Carbonell. Previously, Virgin could not "bring pilots in fast enough to facilitate expansion from other hubs", he
  • Prestwick incentive

    News | 14 Oct 1997 23:00

    <p>Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Scotland is trying to encourage carriers to launch transatlantic services from the airport by offering to pay them some £1 million ($1.6 million) a year if they make a five-year commitment. </p>