Thursday, 22 July 2010
Scotland Office Minister visits Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre
Scotland Office Minister David Mundell MP has paid a visit to Prestwick’s new Air Traffic Control Centre, where, along with local MSP John Scott, he met with the Centre’s operations director Pauline Lamb and other staff members to learn about the work undertaken at the Prestwick centre.
[Pictured: David Mundell MP, John Scott MSP and Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre operations director Pauline Lamb.]
Speaking after his visit, David Mundell said: “There is no doubt that the Prestwick centre is a fantastic facility, and it was fascinating to meet and speak with so many air traffic controllers and other staff members who are responsible for handling just under half of the UK’s air traffic in controlled airspace.
“In fact Prestwick controls up to a million flights a year, and more airspace than any other European control centre. That’s a real success story and one that I am determined to do all I can to help promote, to the benefit of Ayrshire and Scotland as a whole.”
John Scott said: “The Prestwick air traffic control centre is a huge asset to our area, providing 800 high-skilled jobs, and I am delighted that the Minister felt it important to visit and see for himself the work done here and to discuss with senior managers and air traffic controllers the ways in which he might assist them in growing their business.”
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