Campbeltown remains on Space Port shortlist

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4th Mar 2015

Down to the last five sites being considered by the UK government.

Argyll and Bute could become the UK’s launch-pad to the final frontier with our site down to the last five permanent locations being considered to host the country’s first ever spaceport.

Campbeltown Airport has a compelling case with the longest runway in Scotland, a 1,000 acre site with ample development space, limited air traffic activity and surrounded by coastline.

Reacting to this news, MACC Chairman, Tom Millar, said of today’s announcement: ‘’We are delighted with the announcement and truly believe that our site is the clear choice of the remaining candidates, as the only site meeting the criteria for runway length. We have now registered a new spaceport operating company in anticipation of the next stage and will be continuing to push forward with our bid in the coming weeks.’’

Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: ‘’The council welcomes this news, which is a great boost not just for Campbeltown but for the whole of Argyll and Bute. We are confident that the site offers unique areas of competitive advantage over the others, particularly in terms of its size, over 1000 acres; the length of its runway, the longest in the United Kingdom at over 3km; the location, away from major centres of population, which is a key consideration; the distance from congested airspace and, crucially, the ability to expand.’’

Councillor Walsh continued: ‘’We have been working closely with MACC and HIE over the past few months and look forward to lending further support as we continue to put a strong case forward for the site. Our main focus as a council is on creating jobs, growing our economy and attracting more people to Argyll and Bute. A spaceport would do just that, and really put the area on the global, or even interstellar, map.’’

The UK government is pushing for a spaceport to be up and running by 2018, particularly focussed on making space travel commercially viable, with new rocketplanes being developed to take ordinary people into space.
An operational spaceport would provide the UK and its neighbours with a vital piece of infrastructure for the European aerospace industry.

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