Nine long service awards given out to employees at Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Thursday 06 December, 16:46 Europe/London

In 1998, when Ryanair introduced their third route to Paris Beauvais and Matthew Hudson sold the airport to Stagecoach Group, nine of our current workforce joined the team at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Today, Thursday 06 December 2018, we celebrated their commitment and dedication to the airport by recognising these employees with some festive snacks, refreshments and a presentation from the Directors.

With over 180 years’ service between them, congratulations to our employees receiving their awards;

  • Arlene Paton, Air Traffic Control Assistant
  • Douglas Thorburn, Air Traffic Control Assistant
  • Gillian McPherson, Communications and Marketing Officer
  • Jamie Harrop, Air Traffic Control Deputy Watch Manager
  • John Findlay, Airport Painter
  • Robert Kennedy, Air Traffic Control Watch Manager
  • Scott Burnside, Aircraft Dispatch Agent
  • Suzanne Shuttleworth, Air Traffic Control Watch Manager
  • Vicki Pollock, Passenger Handling Supervisor


Scott Burnside, Aircraft Dispatch Agent said;

“I started working at the airport in November 1998 within the Passenger Handling team then moved into Aircraft Dispatch in 1999 where I am currently.

“My most memorable moment over the past 20 years has to have been the G8 Summit in 2005 where I got to see Airforce One close up, the American President and all the other leaders of the world.

“Another highlight was having lunch with Billy Connolly and meeting my Liverpool FC hero Luis Suarez.”

Gillian McPherson, Communications and Marketing officer said;

“I started at the airport in August 1998, working at Skye Travel selling flights, at the time, to our only three destinations – London, Paris Beauvais and Dublin. Then in 1999 a position became available in the Business Development/Commercial team, I decided I wanted a change and still work in this department today.

“Over the years I have seen various changes and challenges. One of my most memorable moments is the UEFA cup final in Glasgow 2002 where we handled many of the supporter flights for both teams Bayer Leberkusen of Germany and Real Madrid of Spain. It was an extremely busy 24 hours. 

“The good thing about working in an airport is every day is different and you never know what the next challenge is going to be!”

Human Resources Director, Sonia Rafferty said;

“Our long-service celebration recognises employees who have 20 years’ service within the organisation.
We are very proud to have such loyal and committed people representing Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

“By giving these awards we are recognising and thanking each of them for their contribution to the airport over the years.”

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