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Airport upgrade plans backed by Government


Glasgow Airport is in line for a major facelift to help it cope with an expected extra 4 million extra passengers by 2011. The airport has been earmarked for improvements that include expanded terminal facilities, new maintenance hangars, plane stands and taxiing facilities along with the £210million Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL) it was announced this week.

The blueprint for change was announced by John Swinney, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth as the National Planning Framework went to consultation. The improvements to the airport were one of nine projects outlined which will be crucial to creating a more successful Scotland, with an upgrade at rival Edinburgh also included in the list.

The Framework outlines a vision for the country's development to 2030 to help improve competitiveness, tackle climate change, protect the quality of natural and built environments and promote improved opportunities and a better quality of life. If approved, it would mean that the developments themselves cannot be challenged in the planning process, only their implementation can be questioned.

According to the report: 'Glasgow Airport is of key economic importance as an international gateway, helping make Scotland an attractive location for business and tourism and providing access to global markets. Passenger numbers are expected to grow by over 4 million by 2011 and more than double by 2030. BAA's Glasgow Airport Masterplan provides for further growth to serve business and holiday markets.'

'Provision better access to the airport by public transport will be significantly improved with the completion of GARL. Improvements will be needed to Junction 28 of the M8 before 2015 to accommodate projected increases in road traffic.'

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