The Airport Consultative Committee is an independent forum in which the management of Glasgow Prestwick Airport interacts and exchanges information and ideas with communities in the vicinity of the airport, local authorities, local business representatives, Airport users and other interested parties. Established pursuant to section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 the role of the Committee is defined in its Terms of Reference as follows:
- to advise Glasgow Prestwick Airport on any matter which it may refer to the Committee;
- to consider any question in connection with the operation of the Airport as it affects the communities represented or the amenities of the neighbourhood;
- to make suggestions to the Chief Executive Officer of Glasgow Prestwick Airport on any matter connected with the administration of the Airport which could further the interests of the communities represented;
- to stimulate the interests of the local population in the development of the Airport;
- to protect and enhance the interests of the users of the Airport; and
- to consider the contribution of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the local, regional and national economy
As stated in the Government’s Guidelines on Consultative Committees it is not intended that consultation through the Committee should detract from the responsibility of management to manage the Airport. Rather the aim is to provide an effective forum for the discussion of all matters concerning the development or operation of the Airport, “which have an impact on the users of the aerodrome and on people living and working in the surrounding area”. GPACC and its officers are entirely independent of Glasgow Prestwick Holdings, the operators, and of the Scottish Government, the owners, of Glasgow Prestwick Airport.