UK Airport Owner-Manager Says Meh to Spaceport Prospects

Short list of UK spaceport candidates (Credit: CAA)
Short list of UK spaceport candidates (Credit: CAA)

The short list of possible UK spaceports appears to have become even shorter.

The Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), which owns the Stornoway Airport and manages the Campbeltown Airport, has said it would prefer to focus on providing air services for the sites, which are on a list of six potential spaceport locations.

Grenville Johnston, chairman of the HIAL Board, said his company has no plans to develop a business proposal for Stornoway Airport.
“In the event that the owners of Campbeltown Airport decide to proceed we will give them every support and cooperation.
“The Board believes that HIAL has the knowledge, capability and expertise to offer technical support to potential investors in Spaceports.
“However, our preference is to concentrate on our core business of providing airports that serve the people of the Highlands & Islands.”
The  government also identified three other potential spaceport sites: Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland, Newquay Airport in England, and Llanbedr Airport in Wales. RAF Leuchars was identified as a potential temporary facility.