The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 14 November 2014

Trump Organisation and Glasgow Prestwick Airport announce strategic partnership

Prestwick selected as European base for Trump Aviation operations

This morning Donald Trump arrived at Glasgow Prestwick Airport to announce the Trump Organisation’s strategic partnership with the Scottish based aviation group. Prestwick has been selected as the Scottish base for all Trump Aviation operations which includes Mr Trump’s private Boeing 757 and Sikorsky 76B helicopter. 

Prestwick will serve as the main hub for not only Mr. Trump’s private aviation operation but in particular it will service the magnificent Trump Turnberry Resort which with Mr Trump’s investment of £250 million will transform it into the finest resort in the world.


Trump arrived in his signature Boeing 757 and celebrated the announcement alongside Glasgow Prestwick CEO Iain Cochrane, and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, who each provided remarks hailing the importance and significance of this strategic alliance.  

Donald Trump, Chairman and President of the Trump Organisation said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Glasgow Prestwick Airport. They have a tremendous facility with a unique rich history. 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.”

Glasgow Prestwick Airport provides the perfect gateway for private and corporate jet access to Trump Turnberry, the iconic golf and resort property recently purchased by Donald Trump, located just 20 miles south of the airport. As part of the partnership, Trump and Prestwick will be offering transfers via the luxurious Trump helicopter, executive cars or private hire.

Iain Cochrane, CEO, Glasgow Prestwick Airport commented: “We are very excited to be working closely with The Trump Organisation going forward and are delighted that Prestwick has been chosen to be the European base for the Trump Sikorsky helicopter.  Forging a new partnership between the airport and The Trump Organization will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial to both parties. However it will also bring significant opportunities for the region as more inbound visitors travel to visit the legendary Trump Turnberry Resort.” 

Glasgow Prestwick is the only airport in Scotland to have its own railway station and prides itself with exceptional customer service to meet every individual requirement on the day to ensure the travel experience is efficient, safe and friendly at all times. Earlier this year Trump finalised his purchase of the legendary Turnberry golf resort, now known as Trump Turnberry, and has since begun a £200 million redevelopment with improvements dedicated to the Ailsa course as well as the hotel and related amenities.

“The synergy of Trump Turnberry and Prestwick Airport working together is crucial for both parties as we further develop golf and tourism in Ayrshire and Scotland. I am looking forward to working with the wonderful team at Prestwick to continue to create the perfect destination for the global golfer and traveller,” said Ralph Porciani, General Manager, Trump Turnberry.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “This is a positive development for both Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Trump Turnberry and further enhances Ayrshire’s position as a fabulous golfing and tourism destination. It also epitomizes the many different facets of the Glasgow Prestwick Airport business and is a great example of joined-up working in action.”

Trump Turnberry and South Ayrshire Council are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


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