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PE01506: Rename Glasgow Prestwick Airport to 'Robert Burns International Airport'

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Petitioner: Alison C Tait on behalf of The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd


Date Lodged: 21 February 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to rename Glasgow Prestwick International Airport to 'Robert Burns International Airport'.

Petition History:


1 April 2014: The Committee took evidence from Alison C Tait, Chief Executive, Jane Brown, President, and Jim Thomson, Senior Vice President, Robert Burns World Federation Ltd. The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition to await any relevant recommendations that may be made to the holding company board and ministers by the recently appointed adviser. Link to Official Report 1 April 2014 (448KB pdf)

Below: Alison C Tait, Jane Brown and Jim Thomson at the meeting of 1 April 2014


5 August 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 5 August 2014 (399KB pdf)

11 November 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, as the Scottish Government has advised that it does not intend to change the airport’s name. Link to Official Report 11 November 2014

Written Submissions:

The official petition to rename Glasgow Prestwick International Airport has now been launched by The Robert Burns World Federation.  Please support this campaign by signing the petition and circulating this as widely as possible.  Many thanks for your support.  Let's make this happen!

Not a warrior or a politician. Definitely not a saint but a man, a farmer, an excise man, a passionate and compassionate man. Our national bard, born less than 10 miles from the Robert Burns International, Prestwick Airport. Put him on the international map!!


11:49 on 18 Feb 2014

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Robert Dennis

22:06 on 10 Feb 2014

As much as I credit Robert Burns as a poet. I can't sign this as I think any airport with "Burns" (the word, not the name necessarily) associated with it just plain stupid. Just think of the poor newspaper puns they'd come out with if there was ever an accident at Burns Airport.

Anonymous Scot

18:49 on 05 Feb 2014

Great idea - an obvious choice. Good luck.

Louise McCarron

12:32 on 05 Feb 2014

As a business woman who has on several occasions gone up to Glasgow Airport to pick people up only to find that they were at Prestwick. I think that this is long overdue and an excellent choice of name.

Chris Simm

7:45 on 02 Feb 2014

As a friend of the Federation and a Vice President of the Robert Burn's Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, I happily sign and endorse this petition.

Charles H. Cameron CD

18:54 on 28 Jan 2014

a wonderful idea

james russell anderson

16:05 on 28 Jan 2014

As a friend of the Federation and a co-founder of a "Rename Prestwick" Facebook page of over 7000 followers (the largest on the net!), I happily sign and endorse this petition.


20:27 on 27 Jan 2014

Robert Burns International Airport. Wonderful ring to that.

Bill Fleming

17:52 on 27 Jan 2014

A fantastic ides to name our only all weather international airport after our most memorable international Scot whose works so change the world continually.

Ben Power

8:22 on 27 Jan 2014

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