Budget airline leaves Ayrshire airport

FLIGHT operator Wizz Air is to move out of Prestwick Airport in favour of Glasgow in an attempt to boost passenger numbers.

As of March 1 Ryanair, which calls Prestwick its Scottish base, will be the only airline to continue to run passenger flights out of the South Ayrshire airport.

The announcement comes just under eight weeks since Ryanair announced six new European destinations – including Corfu, Santander, Bologna, and Beziers, as well as Rzeszow and Warsaw in Poland – and almost a year since airport owners Infratil announced their intention to sell Prestwick as part of a refocusing of their investment profile.

Wizz Air’s head of network development, Stijn Vandermoere, insisted however that the future of Prestwick had no bearing on the decision to move Wizz to Glasgow.

“We are a private business and need to do what is right for the customers and we’re trying to make sure we can offer the lowest fares at an airport close to consumers,” he said.

“We don’t concern ourselves with the airports themselves. What we ask of them is that they offer us the lowest charges as possible so that we can pass that on in low fares.”