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Glasgow Airport launch master plan consultation

05.09.05

Plans for the development of Glasgow Airport over the next 25 years will come under the spotlight, as a series of community drop-in sessions get underway this month. The information sessions are designed to give locals and businesses more information about Glasgow airport's 25 year 'master plan'.

The master plan is a planning document that details how the airport will develop between now and 2030, and the impact it will have on tourism, jobs, investment and the environment. All of the UK's large commercial airports are producing them, at the request of the Government.

Following the launch of Glasgow master plan, the airport started a consultation process involving local residents, community councils, business leaders and politicians. As part of the process, local residents are being invited to 'drop-in' sessions to learn more about the plan.

Drop-in sessions are being held at Glasgow Airport and around the local community, with senior members of the the airport's management team on hand to answer any questions. The schedule is as follows:

- 7 September: Spence Room, BAA Scotland HQ, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley
- 14 September: Glynhill Hotel Glasgow Airport, Paisley Road, Renfrew
- 21 September: Beardmore Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank
- 28 September: Spence Room, BAA Scotland HQ, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley
- 5 October: Watermill Hotel, 1 Lonend, Paisley
- 12 October: Lyndhurst Hotel, Park Road, Johnstone
- 19 October: Spence Room, BAA Scotland HQ, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley
- 26 October: Spence Room, BAA Scotland HQ, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley

All sessions will run all day - between 06:30 - 20:00.

Stephen Baxter, Glasgow Airport Managing Director, said: 'The master plan is an exciting and ambitious document. It sets out our plans to create a world class airport for the west of Scotland, capable of handling up to 24 million passengers a year.'

'With an investment plan of £250 million over the next 10 years, and 28,000 new jobs created within the timeframe of the plan, Glasgow Airport will be a major economic player in the future.'

'Demand for direct flights from Glasgow has never been greater and we must grow to meet that demand if we are to remain competitive. But, we recognise the concerns of local residents and we want to hear as many views as possible, from as wide a range of the community as possible, before any final decisions are made on the future development of the airport.'

The public consultation closes on Friday 28 October 2005. Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation can do so by e-mailing: glasgow_masterplan2005@baa.com. You can also write to: Airport Master Plan Consultation, BAA Glasgow, St Andrew's Drive, Glasgow Airport, Paisley, PA3 2SW.

Copies of the master plan are available from local libraries and can also be viewed online at www.glasgowairport.com/masterplan

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