Mr Carmichael was accompanied by Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council Mark Macmillan and the managing director of Glasgow Airport Amanda McMillan. During his visit Mr Carmichael received an update on the airport’s continued efforts in route development and was provided with a tour of its recently enhanced terminal building. In 2014, the airport invested £20 million in refurbishing large parts of the terminal including international arrivals.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: Glasgow is Scotland’s economic powerhouse and the City Deal presents a fantastic opportunity to deliver a real step change in terms of improving infrastructure, strengthening our economy and bolstering the labour market.
“From the airport’s perspective we’re looking forward to working with Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council, the UK and Scottish Governments to deliver a rail link to the airport. Convenient and reliable access by a range of modes of transport is of fundamental importance to the operation and success of any airport. Glasgow Airport is no different in that regard.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Glasgow Airport is one of our city's great success stories, serving over 100 destinations and having just recorded its 22nd consecutive month of passenger growth.
"It is vital that we do all we can to ensure that Glasgow Airport retains its position as the gateway to Scotland so I am delighted that thanks to our £1.13billion City Deal work will soon start on a new rail link between the airport and the city centre. This improved connectivity will benefit passengers and businesses. But more than that, it will bring new jobs during construction and significant benefits to the economy of west central Scotland."
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: "Glasgow Airport's is vital not only as a transport hub but as a driver of economic growth and employment for the Renfrewshire and regional economy.
"The City Deal programme will help maximise those opportunities through securing the airport rail link. That crucial rail connection will also assist our continued work with the airport and partners to secure further investment and jobs."