The way forward for Dundee Airport
The document makes a series of recommendations aimed at securing the short term future of the airport and identifying other commercial opportunities for the site.
It outlines a programme of short term initiatives that could be rolled out over a 12 month period, focused on stabilising current airport revenues as well as increasing passenger numbers and revenues. This includes working to retain the existing service from Dundee to London. Work is already progressing in partnership with Dundee City Council and other stakeholders to secure the service.
There is also a series of medium term options, which includes developing new routes with other airlines and bringing in new businesses from growth sectors such as offshore renewables to use the airport’s businesses and capacity.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “This report lays out a raft of measures that could help secure the immediate future of Dundee Airport, as well as help it realise its full economic potential.
“The airport faces a challenge in the increasingly competitive aviation market, so it’s important we look at all the available options to encourage more passengers and businesses to use it.
“Securing the future of the service between Dundee and London is the top priority for the airport and the Scottish Government.
“This study also highlights a number of commercial opportunities – like engaging with companies in the offshore renewables sector – which could give Dundee Airport a unique place in Scotland’s aviation industry.
“The Scottish Government is committed to working with Highlands and Islands Airport Limited, Dundee City Council and existing businesses at the airport to secure its future. We will consider all the recommendations outlined in this report as we look to maximise the potential of Dundee Airport.”
Councillor Ken Guild, Dundee City Council administration leader, said: “We are working closely with the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Airports and a range of partners to try and secure the future of Dundee Airport.
“The London service, in particular, has been an important factor in the continuing long-term regeneration of the city.
“We are especially keen that this service is retained, and we are working hard to achieve this.
“The council is pleased that this new report identifies methods and options that can be put in place to help support the facility.”
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL, said: "There is no doubt that Dundee Airport faces a number of competitive challenges. However, there are opportunities which we are currently pursuing to attract new business to the airport, including renewables and general aviation, and efforts to attract new scheduled services continue.
“HIAL is committed to working with public and private sector partners to develop new commercial opportunities."
A copy of the study can be found at: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/analysis/research/publications
The estimated cost of implementing the short term recommendations is between £125,000 and £150,000.
The estimated cost of the medium term initiatives is around £250,000 in each of the following two years.