Glasgow Prestwick Airport, one of Ayrshire’s largest employers, has announced a new round of pay increases for staff.

Airport bosses have confirmed that this year all staff will receive a minimum of six per cent pay increase and the Real Living Wage (RLW) of £10.90 per hour as a minimum.

As well as increased pension contributions, staff will also receive an additional one-off payment of between £1,000 and £1,250 to help with the cost of living. 

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Next year will see a further four per cent increase in pay as well as increased employer pension contributions.

The airport directly employs more than 300 people, with more than 4,500 jobs supported by the facility.

The latest published financial results to March 22 show Glasgow Prestwick Airport posted operating profits of just under £2m, the fifth consecutive year of improving results.

The new pay deal was backed overwhelmingly by staff with 88 per cent and 94 per cent of members from the Unite and Prospect trade unions accepting the deal.

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Ian Forgie, chief executive, Glasgow Prestwick Airport said: “Over the last five years we have been steadily growing as a business supported by our dedicated staff, and I am pleased that we have been able to agree this two year pay deal.

“We will continue to unlock the airport’s potential by investing in facilities and our staff, as we progress a number of opportunities to deliver steady growth."