Wed 11 Sep, 2019

Under questioning from the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this morning (11 Sep), The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity refused to rule out selling Prestwick Airport to the US Military.

This astonishing revelation comes just a day after Mr Matheson refused to suspend the publicly owned airport's relationship with the US Military, its biggest customer, during a Congressional corruption investigation concerning the President of the Unites States. [1]

John Finnie MSP said:

“The Scottish Government has an obligation to uphold international human rights law and there is considerable concern that it has failed to do so in the past at airports it owns including Prestwick, Wick and Inverness.

“We know that Prestwick Airport has facilitated active US military missions and extraordinary rendition flights, I am told the Lord Advocate is still investigating the latter, and that the US Military is its largest customer.

“The Cabinet Secretary’s failure to rule out selling the airport to the US military is absolutely scandalous and leaves open the possibility that such human rights violations could continue unhindered in future.”

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