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Glasgow Airport records 50th consecutive month of growth

Glasgow Airport reported its busiest April on record after more than 786,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 8.9% on the same period last year.

An 18% increase in international traffic ensured Glasgow Airport was also able to record its 50th consecutive month of growth. There was strong demand for the airport’s growing list of European destinations including Ryanair’s new services to Valencia, Lisbon and the Lithuanian city of Palanga.

April marked the start of the busy summer season with a number of airlines including Jet2 and Thomas Cook adding extra capacity. The airport was also boosted by the Easter getaway with almost 110,000 passengers using the airport during the first weekend of the school holidays.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “In addition to growing our European network we have been working hard to consolidate our long haul offering. Both American Airlines and WestJet will return later this month and we also welcome Delta Air Lines to Glasgow for the first time when its inaugural service to New York-JFK takes off on 26 May.

“Not only do these routes play a hugely important role in strengthening our links with North America they will also help generate significant inbound tourism for Glasgow and Scotland, particularly at a time when the current exchange rate favours the US Dollar.

“Earlier this month Loganair launched our first ever direct service to Bergen, Norway, and with new flights to Frankfurt and Madrid still to come we are continuing to provide passengers with a greater choice of business and leisure destinations.”

Traffic summary

April 2017

     
Terminal passengers

(000s)

%

Change

May 2016 to April 2017 %

Change

785,719 +8.9% 9,543,157 +6.5%

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

The Airport recorded its busiest April on record as the Airport record its 50th consecutive month of growth.

Over 786,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month of April, representing an increase of 8.9% on the same period last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Mackay, the MSP for Glasgow Airport, said:

“It is encouraging to see passenger growing at Glasgow Airport yet again in what has been a very successful couple of years for the Airport.

“In a time of economic pressures, maintaining passenger numbers can be a challenge and this new increase in numbers is 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.”

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Interview with the SP Dolls before their gig at the Bungalow (18 content below)

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We managed to get a cracking interview from the Sex Pissed Dolls ahead of their upcoming Paisley appearances, first they will bet at Feel the Groove on Causeyside Street, Paisley before playing live to a packed house at the Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street, the gig is organised by NNE events. Saturday the 29th April find out more here. https://www.facebook.com/events/391714861164379/

The Sex Pissed Dolls – an all girl rock band who exploded onto the scene in 2015 – consisting of Kitty Vacant, Connie Rotter, Jilly Idol, Nancy Doll and Anna Key, they have already completed a full UK tour in 2015 and are finishing off their 2016 UK tour to sensational reviews.

With an incredible fanbase for they recreate the raw passion generated by such bands as The Clash, The Ramones, Blondie, Nirvana, The Pistols etc.

Considered by many to be one of the best live bands to emerge in recent years, they are edgy, outrageous and full of energy and attitude. So much so that the girls have just been signed by Worldwide music supremo John Giddings who looks after Lady Gaga, Madonna, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Celina Dion, Blondie to name but a few.spd-10

With plans to release their first album in 2016 and with a book already commissioned to chart their first amazing year on tour, watching The Dolls “Is more than just a gig, It’s an Experience”

Feel the Groove appearance

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Interview

Interview by Peter Greenwood of paisley.org.uk

 

For more on the Dolls please click here.

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Glasgow Airport March passenger numbers

GLASGOW AIRPORT’S PASSENGER NUMBERS

MARCH PAST 700,000 

Airport reports busiest March on record

EU-scheduled traffic up 20.5% 

Glasgow Airport reported its busiest March on record after more than 700,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 7% on the same period last year.

The airport’s success in strengthening its European connectivity saw demand for EU destinations increase by 20.5% with services to Paris, Valencia, Lisbon and Berlin all performing well. Long haul carriers Emirates and Virgin Atlantic, which has increased capacity on its Orlando service, both enjoyed an uplift in passenger numbers. This contributed to an overall increase in international traffic of 13.7%.

Domestic traffic grew by 1.4% with British Airways, easyJet and Flybe all reporting an increase in demand for their London and UK regional services.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “Our performance during the first quarter of 2017 has ensured we’ve made our busiest-ever start to any year.

“Our continued growth is a direct result of our efforts in securing new routes and services for our passengers. We have succeeded in significantly strengthening our European connectivity since the start of 2016 and later this year we will launch direct flights to Madrid, Frankfurt and Krakow.

“Providing a greater choice of routes not only opens up a host of new markets for our passengers, it provides our tourism industry with a much needed boost by ensuring Scotland is more accessible. Earlier this year Glasgow, through its Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, set out how it aims to attract one million more visitors to the city and position Glasgow as the gateway to Scotland.

“Glasgow Airport has a key role in supporting this ambition. If the city and Scotland are to continue to attract further visitors and enjoy the associated economic uplift, then it’s important we address the high levels of Air Passenger Duty which put our airports at a severe disadvantage when it comes to competing with our European and global counterparts.”

Traffic summary

March 2017

     
Terminal passengers

(000s)

%

Change

April 2016 to March 2017 %

Change

706,137 7.0% 9,475,792 6.7%

 

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450,000 passengers expected at Glasgow Airport during Easter school break

GLASGOW AIRPORT GEARING UP TO WELCOME 450,000 PASSENGERS DURING THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

– 100,000 HOLIDAYMAKERS EXPECTED AT THE AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND –

Glasgow Airport is preparing for one of its busiest periods of the year as an expected 450,000 holidaymakers jet off for the Easter school holidays.

With Easter weekend falling at the end of the holiday break this year, the airport is preparing for three exceptionally busy weekends ahead. This weekend is likely to be the busiest with more than 100,000 people expected to travel through the airport. A further 350,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport during the entire school break.

The majority of travellers will be heading to popular sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Dubai and Florida.  Passengers are also expected to explore Glasgow Airport’s growing European destination list, which includes three new routes launched by Ryanair earlier this week to Lisbon, Valencia and Palanga, Lithuania.

Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to help guide passengers, especially those with young children, through check-in and security.  There will also be Easter entertainment on offer for departing passengers, including an arts and crafts stall and a face-painting, this weekend.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will return to the airport on Saturday for a performance at 8am in the main check-in area to support British Airways’ Flying Start charity, which has been raising money for this year’s Comic Relief. The popular piping rock band proved a huge hit with passengers following a similar performance at the airport earlier in the month.

Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “2017 year has really got off to a flying start and we expect this Easter school holiday break to be one of our busiest on record, which is really encouraging.

“The atmosphere in the terminal is always fantastic during the Easter holiday period and we will have plenty of staff on duty and activities on offer to ensure our passengers enjoy a smooth and memorable journey through the airport.

“The summer flight schedule is now well and truly underway with the launch earlier this week of three new routes to Lisbon, Valencia and Palanga, while Thomas Cook has today launched a twice-weekly service to Alicante.

“Further services to Dubrovnik and Zadar in Croatia and the Norwegian city Bergen will follow in the next few weeks, with Delta’s new route to JFK, New York also launching on May 26.”

Glasgow Airport is advising all travellers to ensure liquids carried in hand luggage are within the 100ml limit to help ensure a speedy security process for the Easter weekend.

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Good sports raise hospice charity cash

SPORTS centre staff and customers have raised more than £6000 for two hospices in Renfrewshire.

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD, left and Carol-Anne Lamont from St Vincent’s Hospice, right, with fitness instructor, Lesley Cochrane and members of her Body Attack class who helped raise the charity cash.


The annual Renfrewshire Leisure Charity Fundraising Week saw £6320 split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

The money was raised through various sponsored events at pools and sports centres throughout Renfrewshire including a Swimathon, raffle, tombola, bakery sale and fundraising where fitness fans sponsored their instructor, Lesley Cochrane not to speak for an entire class session.

Representatives of the two local hospices visited the ON-X, in Linwood to be presented with their cheques.
Carol-Anne Lamont, from St Vincent’s said: “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to thank members and staff for their efforts in raising this superb amount of money towards hospice care in Renfrewshire.

“It costs almost £6,000 per day to run our hospice and community services –more than half of which comes from donations and fundraising.  Our services are available to all, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our local communities.”

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD added: “The staff and members of Renfrewshire Leisure have supported ACCORD for many years through their sponsored events programme and it’s absolutely wonderful that they continue to think of us and to raise so much money amount through a varied programme of activities.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent week of activities for all of their support which goes to ensure that our patients receive the care they deserve.”

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:
“I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who embraced the spirit of our fundraising and who put so much effort into raising the money.”

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JUSTICE SECRETARY MICHAEL MATHESON HELPS LAUNCH GLASGOW AIRPORT’S 2017 CAMPUS WATCH INITIATIVE

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson today visited Glasgow Airport to help launch this year’s Campus Watch drive ahead of the 2017 summer season.

Picture – Nick Ponty

The Justice Secretary was briefed on Glasgow’s successful Campus Watch programme by members of the senior management team and representatives from Police Scotland who are based at the airport.

Campus Watch was introduced in 2013 in partnership with Police Scotland to tackle disruptive behaviour at Glasgow Airport and provides training, advice and support to staff who interact with passengers on a daily basis. This includes check-in staff, security teams, bar and restaurant employees, retailers and airline crews.

One of the key aims of the initiative is early intervention. Staff across the campus are encouraged to report the details of any potential incident of disruptive behaviour to the airport’s central control room through a dedicated phone number printed on each employee’s ID badge.

This information, including passenger description and travel details, is shared with staff across the airport campus via a rapid text alert system.

Disruptive behaviour covers a broad range of offences, but if the incident is alcohol related the passenger involved will be refused service across all retail outlets and gate staff will be notified in advance.

Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said: “For many of our passengers, their holiday begins the moment they arrive at the airport and we want them to continue to enjoy a memorable but ultimately safe and disruption-free experience.

“Our Campus Watch initiative ensures we work closely on a daily basis with our airline partners, retailers, caterers and Police Scotland representatives by taking a rigorous and proactive approach to address and often pre-empt incidents of disruptive behaviour at the airport.

“It’s important to stress that the vast majority of people travelling through the airport do so responsibly, and that instances of disruptive behaviour are extremely rare. In 2016 we carried a record 9.4 million passengers and during this time our staff and partners dealt with 125 incidents of disruptive behaviour involving alcohol.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT’S STRONG START TO 2017 CONTINUES WITH A 21% INCREASE IN EU-SCHEDULED TRAFFIC IN FEBUARY

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Crews progressing initial work to deliver Glasgow City Deal bridges across the Clyde and White Cart

Crews are nearing completion of initial on-site work to deliver the Glasgow City Region City Deal funded bridges across the Clyde and White Cart.

Specialist teams have been working around the clock for the past five weeks, gathering crucial geotechnical and environmental information about what lies beneath the riverbeds.

The complex overwater ground investigations are needed to develop the designs of the new bridges.

They will also inform a future decision on the exact location and alignment of the bridge across the Clyde.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan – the Glasgow City Region Cabinet Lead for Enterprise – visited crews on the river to get a first-hand look at the work. He said: “It is great to see these exciting projects underway.

“The new bridge across the Clyde will give people on both sides of the river better access to jobs and services, as well as helping businesses reach more customers, access suppliers and hire the staff they need.

“It will also improve access to under-used land, opening it up for new development and helping to regenerate our areas.

“The new bridge over the White Cart is one of the infrastructure improvements focused on better linking communities and businesses to make the area around the airport a world class commercial location.

“This will create job opportunities for people in this county and across our entire city region, help businesses to thrive and enable the continued growth of the airport.”

He added: “The City Deal is about delivering major infrastructure projects that will provide significant benefit far beyond their immediate location.

“These bridges are crucial developments that will attract investment, create jobs and cement our place as Scotland’s economic powerhouse.”

The £90.7 million ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ project will strengthen links between communities and businesses in Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow’s west end.

Buses, cars, cyclists and pedestrians will all be able to cross the bridge, which will ‘open’ to allow ships to continue sailing up and down the river.

Glasgow City Council Leader Frank McAveety, the Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “This project is a great example of what our City Deal can deliver for the Glasgow City Region.

“Physically, it will connect communities on either side of the Clyde and help transform the waterfront – but, beyond that, it will also support economic growth and improve people’s employment prospects.

“Likewise, the City Deal as a whole will generate billions in private sector investment, drive business growth and innovation in key industries, create new jobs, and assist thousands of unemployed people in Glasgow and across the region back to work.”

West Dunbartonshire Council Leader Martin Rooney added: “We are working closely with our City Deal partners throughout this process and are looking forward to seeing the results of an Economic and Retail Impact Assessment.

“This report has been jointly-funded by ourselves and Renfrewshire Council and it will give us all an even better understanding of the economic benefits the project will bring to our area.”

The new bridge across the White Cart is being delivered as part of the City Deal funded £39.1 million ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ project, which also includes the realignment of Abbotsinch Road and the building of new cycle routes.

These are all aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks and helping to deliver a world class commercial offering centred around the airport.

In addition to the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ and ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ projects, a further £144 million has been earmarked to provide the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

This ‘Glasgow Airport Access Project’ is the City Deal’s flagship project. It will see the development of a new light rail spur, with hybrid tram-trains using both it and the existing railway network.

Renfrewshire Council’s City Deal project team held engagement events throughout last year and there continues to be overwhelming public support for the initiatives.

Local people will have further opportunities to help shape these major infrastructure projects at events scheduled to be held in May.

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Strong start to the year for Glasgow Airport

Passenger numbers up 8.4% on 2016 

EU-scheduled traffic increased by 21.4%

Glasgow Airport is celebrating a record start to the year after welcoming 597,594 passengers through its doors in January, representing an annual increase of 8.4%.

International traffic grew by 16.1% due to strong demand on routes to Toronto, New York and Dubai, while EU-scheduled traffic was up 21.4% thanks to an increase in capacity on Ryanair and Jet2 winter sun services to the Canary Islands and city breaks to Paris, Reykjavik and Dusseldorf.

Domestic traffic grew by 2% compared to the same period last year thanks to increased uptake on routes provided by British Airways, easyJet and Flybe.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Last year was our busiest on record, so it’s pleasing to see this momentum has continued into 2017 with our best-ever January passenger numbers.

“January is traditionally a quieter period but we have experienced a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to some of the European city and winter sun destinations.

“Our focus for 2017 will remain on strengthening Scotland’s connectivity, however, this year will not be without its challenges and we can’t take our continued growth for granted.

“High levels of Air Passenger Duty put our airports at a severe disadvantage when it comes to attracting new routes and services. The Scottish Government’s proposed 50% reduction presents a real opportunity to address this and ensure Scotland’s airports remain competitive in the global market.”

This year Glasgow Airport will serve more destinations than at any other time in its history. March will see the launch of two new routes to Lisbon and Valencia, while Delta will introduce a new direct service to New York’s JFK airport in May. Further new routes to Bergen in Norway and the Croatian city of Zadar will also start this summer.

 

Traffic summary

January 2017

     
Terminal passengers

(000s)

% change Total passengers for Feb-Jan 2017 % annual change
597,594 8.4% 9,409,449 7.2%