Passenger numbers also up 7.7% on 2016 

Over 603,000 passengers travelled through Glasgow Airport in February representing an increase of 7.7% compared to the same period last year, adjusting for the fact 2016 was a leap year.

The growth was driven by a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to the airport’s growing list of direct European routes. Numbers were up 20.3% with destinations such as Paris, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Barcelona and Bucharest all proving extremely popular.

Domestic traffic showed a slight decline of 1.4%, while strong demand for Emirates’ Dubai route helped boost long-haul services by 6.6%.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We’ve made a strong start to the year and our efforts to secure new routes and provide an even greater destination choice for our passengers continues.

“Our European network continues to grow and will be strengthened significantly in 2017 with the launch of several new Ryanair routes, including Lisbon, Valencia and Palanga this month. Services to Madrid, Frankfurt, Krakow and the Croatian city Zadar will follow later in the year.

“The next two months will also see the introduction of new routes to Dubrovnik, Bergen and the launch of Delta’s new direct service to JFK.

“We expect to see an influx of fans through the airport this month ahead of the Scotland rugby team’s Six Nations tie with Italy on the 18thand the national football team’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Slovenia on the 26th. The Easter break also gets underway from March 31st and is traditionally one of our busiest periods.”

Traffic summary

February 2017

     
Terminal passengers

(000s)

% change Total passengers for March-Feb 2017 % annual change
603,288 +7.7% 9,429,858 6.8%

Mackay welcomes Airport Passenger Numbers

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the recently reported passenger growth at Glasgow Airport, which is in his constituency of Renfrewshire North & West.

Derek Mackay MSP at Glasgow Airport with the Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan.  Pic  courtesy of Peter Devlin

Over 603,000 passengers travelled through Glasgow Airport in February, representing an increase of 7.7% compared to the same period last year.

The growth was driven by a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to the airport’s growing list of direct European routes. Numbers were up 20.3% with destinations such as Paris, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Barcelona and Bucharest all proving extremely popular.

Domestic traffic showed a slight decline of 1.4%.

Mr Mackay, the MSP for Glasgow Airport and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, said:

“It is encouraging to see passenger growing at Glasgow Airport yet again in what has so far been a very successful year for the Airport.

“In a time of economic pressures, maintaining passenger numbers can be a challenge and this new increase in numbers is a testament to the hard work of all the airport staff.

“Glasgow Airport is going from strength to strength which is good news for the whole of Renfrewshire.

“The Airport is a vital part of the local economy and any increase in passenger numbers has a positive knock on effect throughout the area.”