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Bibby calls for ‘levelling up’ of Paisley town centre

Responding to news that a bid to spend over £38 million of UK government cash in the Paisley Harbour and Abercorn Street areas had been successful, MSP Neil Bibby said: “I will always press for Paisley and Renfrewshire’s fair share of investment.

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The definition of the Leveling up Fund ”

What is the UK Levelling up?
The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund contributes to the levelling up agenda by investing in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centre and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.”

I hope this award is one of many and that it will deliver the change being promised. Our local economy is crying out for investment, to bring back skilled work and breathe new life into our town centre. “Local people want to know why, of the £38 million secured for Renfrewshire, not a single penny will be invested in Paisley town centre itself.

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“There will be no levelling up in Paisley until we level up the heart of the local economy. If the town centre won’t see any direct benefit to this £38 million then the Council should challenge both Scottish and UK Governments to find new ways of investing in our area.

Frankly, the Council should be doing much more to fill vacant units and kick-start regeneration too. Paisley and Renfrewshire are missing out on the investment it needs. It is clear the UK Government policy of levelling up is a PR exercise and the Scottish Government don’t have one. People in Paisley are being failed by both our Governments. If the Scottish and UK Governments think this is good enough then they are very much mistaken.”

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– Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow top 3 UK airports in latest results –

The efforts of AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, in working towards a more sustainable future for aviation have been recognised once again by the leading global sustainability organisation Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

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Described a mission-driven and investor-led organization, GRESB provides standardised and validated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to the capital markets.

Southampton was ranked as the best performing UK airport in the GRESB benchmark. Together with Aberdeen, it received a five-star rating for its sustainability performance, and all were recognised as “airport transport sector leads”.

Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow were ranked first, second and third respectively within the UK Transport: Airport Companies categories. In the European category Southampton was second, Aberdeen fourth and Glasgow fifth.

In the same worldwide category Southampton was third, Aberdeen seventh and Glasgow ninth.

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director for Glasgow Airport, said: “As one of the UK’s largest airport groups, we are committed to ensuring that we balance the undoubted economic and social benefits delivered by our airports with our climate responsibilities.

“How we do this has been set out in our Sustainability Strategy, which was launched last month and details a clear roadmap on how Glasgow can continue to support Scotland to not only recover, but prosper post-pandemic while decarbonising.

“We are delighted to be recognised by GRESB once again for all the hard work staff and colleagues continue to do.”

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to balancing the undoubted economic and social benefits of aviation with our climate change responsibilities.

“To have all three of our airports to be named as the top three performing airports for sustainability by GRESB is a great achievement.

“I am pleased to say we have already made significant progress in addressing our environmental impacts. Since 2018, we have reduced our direct carbon emissions by 52% and in 2020 each of our airports achieved carbon neutrality status. However, we recognised that there is more work to do in addressing our impact and as a group, we have set ourselves the target of achieving net zero carbon for our direct emissions by the mid-2030s.

“We are also committed to working with the wider aviation industry to achieve net zero and deliver a future that is inclusive, low carbon and connected.”

Each year, GRESB assesses and benchmarks the ESG performance of assets worldwide, providing clarity and insights to financial markets on complex sustainability topics.

The GRESB Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, goals and emerging regulations. The GRESB ESG Benchmark grew this year to cover more than $6.4 trillion of assets under management, up from $5.3 trillion the year before.

Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-founder and Managing Director at GRESB, said: “GRESB Sector Leaders are the organisations that are setting the pace and driving progress toward a net zero future. We are proud to recognise your determination, achievement, and leadership in creating a more sustainable world.

“Across the globe, organizations are demonstrating a deep commitment to ESG integration while making important strides towards a more sustainable future for us all.

“ESG transparency and improving overall performance have never been more important, and it is inspiring to see such a high level of dedication from the industry.”

To find out more about the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark visit: GRESB.com

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  • First currency collection since relaunch raises fantastic amount for the FlightPath Fund 

 

Glasgow passengers have raised an incredible £6124.47 for the airport’s FlightPath Fund despite the pandemic almost grounding air travel.

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The fantastic amount was collected through the six FlightPath Fund collection globes positioned across the airport in which passengers can donate any left-over currency. 

All monies raised through the globes make up the £70,000 total made available last month to ensure the FlightPath Fund could resume following its suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The FlightPath Fund supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organisations across the Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas. 

The Fund’s committee is urging neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is also keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport. 

The total amount collected came from dozens of different global currencies including Croatian Kunas, Turkish Lira, Polish Zloty, Singaporean Dollars, Latvian Lats, South African Rands, Ukrainian Hryvnia and Israeli New Shekel. Currencies new to the collection globes included Malawian Kwacha, Ethiopian Birr, Macau Patacas and Costa Rica Colons. 

The top five currencies collected were: 

  • UK Pound
  • The Euro
  • US Dollars 
  • Swiss Francs
  • Danish Krone

 

Outwith the weird and wonderful currencies of the world, the globes also collected donations in pre-Euro currencies including Irish Punts, Portuguese Escudos, Dutch Guilders, Austrian Schillings and German Deutsche Marks.

Archie Hunter, Chair of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, said: “The generosity of the passengers who travel through Glasgow Airport plays a central role in the important work of the FlightPath Fund and is so gratefully received, particularly given the challenges we have all faced since last March. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to resume our work and this amount will allow the Fund to help serve community groups, clubs and charities that neighbour the airport.

“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of the FlightPath Fund committee and indeed the people who will benefit greatly from the donations made via the globes.” 

The closing date for applications is Friday 29 October. The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, will meet on Thursday 11 November during COP26 to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support. 

To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community and download the application form and our funding guidelines. 

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AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has marked Anti-Slavery Week by reaffirming its commitment to the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise that works with businesses to address the growing issue of modern slavery.

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The Slave-Free Alliance is part of Hope for Justice, a charity which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives. It is estimated by the charity that 40.3 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery.

Raising awareness on the issues of human trafficking and forced labour is a key pillar of AGS Airports’ sustainability strategy and its work to promote responsible procurement.

A key benefit of joining Slave-Free Alliance is to independently review, benchmark and develop responsible systems and processes to combat modern slavery.

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to tackling the growing issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. It forms a key part of our sustainability strategy and joining the Slave-Free Alliance has helped bolster our approach in this hugely important area.

“By working with the Slave Free Alliance, we have been able to further educate our staff, strengthen our policies, and have the necessary procedures in place to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere within our business or supply chain.”

Rachel Hartley, Training & Technical Services Manager at Slave-Free Alliance, said: “AGS Airports have taken huge strides this year and I want to thank them for being one of the leaders on this issue for the whole aviation sector.

“Joining Slave-Free Alliance in the first place is an important step to ensuring that supply chains – and those who work within them – are protected. AGS Airports have been taking strong and decisive action, which really shows their commitment.

“Anti-Slavery Day is a great day for all businesses to take time to raise awareness about the reality of this crime with their staff, suppliers and customers, because there is still so much for us all to do.”

In 2020, AGS joined the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise and membership initiative launched by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives.

The Slave-Free Alliance is the business sector’s acknowledgement that slavery in supply chains is real and a key factor driving human trafficking in the developing world and across borders to countries like the UK.

It can affect any unprepared business, no matter their sector. As a social enterprise, all profits made by the Slave-Free Alliance are reinvested into charitable anti-slavery projects around the world.

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Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association (AOA), AGS and Edinburgh airports have called on the Scottish Government to rectify a major discrepancy that means passengers returning to Scotland from abroad will have to pay more than twice as much for COVID tests than travellers returning to England.

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On 11 May, the Scottish Government confirmed it would adopt a four nations approach to the removal of the travel ban which, on 17 May, was replaced by a traffic light system, with a red, amber and green list of countries mirroring what had previously been confirmed in England.

There is still a requirement for passengers returning from countries on the amber and green lists to take COVID tests. Whilst passengers returning to England are permitted to purchase tests from private suppliers, that approach has not been mirrored in Scotland with current regulations explicitly stating tests from private suppliers cannot be used.

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A testing package for passengers arriving in Scotland from amber countries is £170 per person and £88pp for those arriving from green listed countries. Some private suppliers are offering testing options for as little as £20pp.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, and Karen Dee, chief executive of the AOA, said: “On 11 May we were told the Scottish Government would adopt a four nations approach to the removal of the travel ban which had brought our industry to a standstill. Within a matter of days, it transpired Scottish passengers would be heavily penalised by having to pay twice as much for COVID tests than people in England.

“It is not fair that people in Scotland are being forced to bear such high costs when there are private suppliers offering the same tests that meet strict UK Government requirements for a fraction of the cost.

“This lack of parity with England will price many people out of travelling and will be a very real barrier to airports and airlines as we try to safely re-establish our connectivity. It will also push passengers to airports in England to avoid the cost of the Scottish Government’s testing package meaning they would not receive any form of data. We urgently need the Government to review its guidelines and introduce an equitable testing system that doesn’t penalise Scottish passengers. We have offered to work with the Government and its clinicians to help identify an affordable solution.”

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Responding to the First Minister’s announcement on international travel restarting in Scotland from 17 May, Airlines UK, AGS Airports and Edinburgh Airport have issued the following statement:

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“Whilst removing the travel ban is a step in the right direction it is very much a missed opportunity with so few countries making it onto the green list.

“We are again in the position of being a week away from a major change to operations and are waiting on details of how the Scottish Government wants this to work and how it will be managed. We need that detail as soon as possible to allow everyone to understand what is required.

“We appreciate there are many things to consider but we encourage the Scottish Government to work with us on making testing more affordable rather than it being a barrier for those who need and want to travel. We would also encourage government to take advantage of the vaccination rollout to open up many more green countries in the EU at the new review point in three weeks, as the EU themselves have proposed, and to work where possible as the four nations to ensure consistency and avoid confusion for operators and passengers.

“The Scottish Government must also be very clear about when and how we can encourage visitors from green list countries to try and save the thousands of jobs in Scotland that depend upon international travellers.”

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– Airport’s World Duty Free store to also open this weekend – 

Several domestic routes at Glasgow Airport will restart or increase frequency following the easing of travel restrictions on Monday. 

easyJet plans to increase frequencies on several domestic routes which have been in operation and Scotland’s biggest airline will also restart several other UK services including:

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  • Stansted route will increase to a daily operation from Saturday
  • Birmingham restarts Sunday with four flights per week then increases to six (no Saturday) from Mon 31 May
  • Birmingham restarts Sunday with four flights per week then increases to six (no Saturday) from Mon 31 May
  • Bristol route increases to six flights per week (excluding Saturdays) from Monday 
  • The same service will move to 10 flights per week from Friday 28 May – one daily flight which will double on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Luton route increases to five flights per week from Monday and will move to daily operations from Saturday 22 May
  • Belfast route increases to nine flights per week from Friday 7 May which includes double daily services on Fridays and Sundays
  • Jersey returns Thursday May 22 with two flights per week, increases to three from Tuesday 15 June and then six (excluding Wednesdays) from Friday 2 July

 

Scotland’s airline Loganair also plans to restart routes to both the Scottish Islands and England from Glasgow Airport, including:

 

  • Barra service is now up twice daily 
  • Southampton returns on Monday with three flights per week, which is set to increase further in June
  • Campbeltown, Islay, Stornoway and Tiree will increase to twice daily from Monday
  • Sumburgh in Shetland will return Monday 24 May with five flights per week via Kirkwall in Orkney and will go direct from Monday 14 June 
  • Kirkwall will return on Monday 24 May with five flights per week then moves to a daily service from Thursday 10 June
  • Exeter service is currently twice weekly and will move to daily from Friday 18 June

Glasgow Airport’s World Duty Free store will also open on Sunday for the first time in over five months. 

A series of enhanced measures designed to ensure passengers enjoy a safe and pleasant experience while passing through the terminal have been introduced. You can find out more by visiting our designated COVID-19 page. 

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “With restrictions now beginning to ease we are working hard to support our airline partners’ plans to increase frequencies on existing routes and to resume a number of their domestic services. 

“The airport has remained open throughout the pandemic to ensure a number of lifeline services including flights from the Scottish Islands and vital hub connectivity used by key workers could continue, so we have been preparing in order to scale up operations when it was possible for some domestic services to restart. 

“We invested significantly in the early stages of the pandemic to introduce enhanced cleaning regimes and have put a number of protective measures in place to ensure our terminal continues be a safe environment for our passengers, many of whom we appreciate may well be travelling for the first time for over a year. Now that the safe return of domestic travel has resumed, we are looking forward to welcoming our valued customers back to Glasgow Airport once again.” 

Rapid COVID-19 testing facilities have also been introduced at Glasgow Airport in recent weeks. The terminal-based facilities offer both PCR and antigen testing for passengers and have been designed to support pre-booked appointments. Results for PCR testing are returned within 24 hours while antigen takes just 15 minutes. PCR testing can be done either via a park-and-test method in the airport car parks or a walk-up test within the terminal. Passengers are advised to make appointments for either testing method, should they be required, in advance and directly through Glasgow Airport’s website, which also include links to the latest Scottish Government travel advice.

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Airport receives British Safety Council’s International Safety Award with a Distinction for second year in a row –

Glasgow Airport has scooped an International Safety Award for protecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work.

The airport has won an International Safety Award with a Distinction from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2020 calendar year.

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The airport, owned by AGS Airports Ltd along with Aberdeen and Southampton airports, is one of only 85 organisations worldwide to win a Distinction in the International Safety Awards 2021. The awards also recognise organisations that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health.

Graeme Robertson, health and safety manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “The health and safety of our staff continues to be an overarching priority for everyone who works at Glasgow Airport, so we are tremendously proud to have received this award with distinction from the British Safety Council for the second year running.

“It is especially significant to be recognised for our efforts in the year we experienced the onset of COVID-19 – one of the greatest health challenges of our time. Out-with ensuring the safety of our core operational staff who continued to keep the airport open to support vital lifeline services during this pandemic, the greater challenge came from supporting our wider workforce.

“The majority of our people in Glasgow – and across the wider group – have either worked from home due to COVID-19 restrictions or were on furlough for a period of time, so supporting their mental health and well-being while making sure they felt connected with their colleagues during lockdown was absolutely critical last year and this work continues to this day.”

 

The airport also received the NHS Health Working Lives Gold award in 2020 for ensuring a healthy workplace. Staff at the airport and wider group benefit from an extensive occupational health service from trained advisors or physicians including physiotherapy, podiatry and access to mental-health support with each delivered in keeping with all COVID-19 guidance.

During the pandemic staff have also gained access to an employee assistance programme, online training resources to keep their competency skills up to date and a confidential telephone support service for emotional and practical problems, medical and legal information and immediate crisis intervention. Live broadcast mental health fitness and well-being sessions were also available to staff across the AGS Airports Ltd group.

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Glasgow Airport on their success in winning an International Safety Award 2021 with a Distinction: “The British Safety Council applauds Glasgow Airport and it’s AGS Group-wide Assurance Team on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and hard work to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

“The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work – anywhere in the world. Achieving this requires more than complying with legislation; it means people committed not only to health and safety but also more and more to workplace wellbeing and impelling others to follow suit.”

“Our heartfelt congratulations to Glasgow Airport. All of those working at the airport should be enormously proud of their achievement.”

Now in their 63rd year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill-healthduring the previous calendar year.

 

The awards also recognise organisations that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health at work. To find out more about the British Safety Council here.

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport was today (Wednesday 28 October) named Airport of the Year at the
Scottish Transport Awards for the second year in a row.

The airport was shortlisted for the award alongside Aberdeen International, also part of AGS
Airports Ltd group, and Inverness.
The Scottish Transport Awards looked a little different in 2020. Instead of being announced
in the company of 450+ industry professionals to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow in
June, as originally planned, the award winners were announced in a video that was played
during the virtual Scottish Transport Awards Summit.
Mark Johnston, chief operating officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow
and Southampton Airports, said: “We are extremely proud to win this award and thrilled to do
so for the second year in a row. It couldn’t come at a better time given the challenges
Glasgow Airport and the wider industry is currently facing.
“Thousands of people from dozens of companies work hard each day across our campus to
ensure Glasgow Airport continues to deliver its unique brand of customer service for our
passengers.
“Like the rest of the country, we’re operating in very difficult circumstances, however, I’m
immensely proud of the fact we’ve remained open and operational throughout this pandemic
to continue to deliver vital air services for our customers. Being named Scottish Airport of the
Year is a welcome boost.”
The Scottish Transport Awards looked a little different in 2020. Instead of being announced
in the company of 450+ industry professionals to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow in
June, as originally planned, the award winners were announced in a video that was played
during the virtual Scottish Transport Awards Summit.
The Scottish Transport Awards Summit took place on today as an all-day virtual conference
with over 200 delegates registered.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, gave the
keynote speech and said: “It was a pleasure to deliver the keynote address at this year's rather
unique Scottish Transport Awards Summit.

“Given the challenges 2020 has brought it was very important to recognise the incredible efforts
and achievements of the transport sector. The leadership and dedication shown in responding to
the Covid-19 pandemic – keeping our key workers and the nation moving safely, is undoubtedly
worthy of thanks and appreciation.
“Regardless of whether you won an award or not, you have all been successful and I am grateful
to all of our unsung heroes for keeping Scotland moving safely during these challenging times.”