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Infrastructure plans approved to secure Renfrewshire’s long term economic growth

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Plans to secure the long term economic growth of the area were approved by Renfrewshire councillors today following proposals for a £274 million investment in new infrastructure projects.

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The three City Deal investments – the Glasgow Airport Access Project, Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside projects were approved by councillors today and will also be considered by Glasgow City Councillors before being given the green light by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet in December.

The projects are intended to significantly boost the local economy by attracting investment, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who holds the Glasgow City Region Cabinet’s enterprise portfolio, said:

“I am delighted Renfrewshire councillors have given their backing to this major investment programme which will create long term jobs and bring huge benefits not only to Renfrewshire’s local communities but right across our city region. In order for us to keep growing our economy, we need to create an attractive location for business that offers first class connections by land, sea and air, with excellent links across the Clyde and to our town and city centres. Together these projects will open up the area to tourism and businesses.”

The £39.1m Glasgow Airport Investment Area project would develop a world class business and commercial location right in the heart of Renfrewshire. It includes plans for the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart, and new cycle routes, all aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks and as an enabler for the delivery of a world class business and commercial offering centred around the airport.

The Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside project would see the construction of a new opening bridge across the River Clyde. This £90.7m project would better link the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank, with new roads and cycle routes giving people improved access to employment, education, health and leisure locations.

Plans for the £144m Glasgow Airport Access Project were also approved which will deliver a hybrid tram-train system to provide the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

A series of engagement events for these two projects will now take place to give people the chance to meet the project team and ask questions they may have regarding the initiatives.

Paisley Town Hall will hold an engagement event on Tuesday 6 December and a second will be held at Renfrew Town Hall on Wednesday 7 December.

As the proposed opening bridge linking the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank that forms part of the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project affects communities north of the river, events will also take place at Yoker Community Campus on Monday 5 December and at Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday 8 December.

All four engagement events will be open from 11am to 7pm.

Anyone attending the events will also be able to see a video of plans for the separate Glasgow Airport Access Project, which will be considered alongside Renfrewshire’s other two City Deal projects by Councillors at Renfrewshire’s Leadership Board on 30 November then by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 13 December.

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Rocco Winners

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A sell–out crowd of 500 people watched 16 awards presented at the ROCCO’s on Friday 18th Nov at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew – the annual business awards of  Renfrewshire Chamber.

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The area’s premier business event, now in its thirteenth year was sponsored by Paisley 2021 for UK City of Culture.   Chamber President Audrey Cumberford (Chief exec & Principal of West College Scotland) gave a warm welcome to the audience and highlighted the chambers successes in the last 12 months. She emphasised the opportunity for Renfrewshire with record investment planned via the Glasgow City Region City Deal and the potential of winning the City of Culture bid.  Council Leader Mark Macmillan gave the main sponsor address and urged companies and individuals alike to hit the “back the bid” button via the 2021 website. Paisley’s own megastar Paolo Nutini had a video message for the audience to encourage their support and the difference culture can make for young people was highlighted by Street Stuff’s Ben Milne & Mark Kerr. Rocco favourite Fred MacAulay hosted and was impressed by the performances of 3 piece girl group Loxi, Singer Lisa Kowalski and an energetic 2021 themed piece by Pace Theatre Co.  The ROCCO raffle raised £8,000 for local charities and good causes with St Vincent’s Hospice and Street Stuff Culture Bus Project the main charities of the year.

 

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Services – Sponsored by Scottish Leather Group

Winner – intu Braehead

 

ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education – Sponsored by University of the West of Scotland

Winner – DirectDevitt Comedy Management & Productions CIC

 

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Hillington Park

Winner – Rolls-Royce

 

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by

Winner- Diageo

 

ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport

Winner – Bridge of Weir Leather

 

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – Sponsored by Invest in Renfrewshire

Winner – I Am Me Scotland

 

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – Sponsored by Business Gateway

Winner – PowerTek

 

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express

Winner – Origins Fitness

 

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group

Winner – Stafffinders

 

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by West College Scotland

Winner – Fraser Gordon, The Detailing Factory

 

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Winner – Boston Networks

 

ROCCO Award for Community Champion – Sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS

Winner – Active Communities

 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <5 FTE – Sponsored by intu Braehead

Winner – Kenneth Keegan Independent Funeral Directors

 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5<25 FTE – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council

Winner – Braehead Clan
 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 FTE – Sponsored by Clyde Marine Training

Winner – Glasgow Airport

 

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – Sponsored by DIAGEO

Winner – Andrew Malcolm, MD The Malcolm Group

 

Commenting on the awards, Chamber chief executive Bob Grant said “a huge thank you to all our sponsors, those who donated prizes for our raffle and a hearty congratulations to all the finalists and winners.  Our 13th ROCCO was lucky for 16 winners and a great success.  You can view all images on the chamber Facebook page and comments on #2016Rocco.  I encourage all Rocco winners to utilise their win across their PR channels. Thank you to the entire Chamber team for all their work before and on the night to ensure our 500 guests had a great time.  Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley 2021, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, The Printbrokers for the program, Gary from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and Normandy Hotel for a tasty meal. Finally thanks to Loxi, Lisa Kowalski and Pace Theatre Co. for entertaining us so well. Planning for Rocco 2017 is already underway and we hope to see you enter and attend next year

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Krispy Kreme has a sweet landing at Glasgow Airport

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Logan Air Cabin Crew manager Avril McEwan and Pilot Eddie Watt try out some doughnuts with Glasgow Airport airside operations officer Derek Paterson (centre).

Krispy Kreme has landed at Glasgow Airport! The premium doughnut retailer has launched its first ever Box store located Glasgow airside, offering all doughnut lovers the sweetest takeoff to their next destination!

Picture by Nick Ponty  19/11/16 Krispy Kreme opens at Glasgow Airport  Logan Air Cabin Crew manager Avril McEwan and Pilot Eddie Watt try out some doughnuts with Glasgow Airport airside operations officer Derek Paterson (centre).

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Krispy Kreme opens at Glasgow Airport
Logan Air Cabin Crew manager Avril McEwan and Pilot Eddie Watt try out some doughnuts with Glasgow Airport airside operations officer Derek Paterson (centre).

Glasgow airport customers can experience the joy of Krispy Kreme, with its melt-in-the-mouth signature Original Glazed doughnut and 15 other delicious doughnut varieties on offer. Customers now also have the opportunity to purchase their favourite doughnuts and take on board with them. The store can be found opposite Victoria’s Secret.

Judith Denby, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme, said: “We are delighted to open our first ever box store at Glasgow Airport. There has been such a fantastic buzz after launch and it is so lovely to see some of our newest guests getting their first experience of Krispy Kreme. We look forward to providing the sweetest take off to more Glasgow and Krispy Kreme customers”

Denise Gilmour, head of retail at Glasgow Airport, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome such a well-loved and popular brand to Glasgow Airport. Krispy Kreme’s world-famous and delicious doughnuts are already proving extremely popular with both our passengers and our staff – long may that continue.”

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 4am until last flight

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Businesses say direct rail link would boost Glasgow City Region economy

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Creating a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre is vital to the long term success of the regional economy, according to business leaders.

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A survey on behalf of Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils revealed around three-quarters of businesses believe such a link would benefit their sales or turnover, while half said it would have a positive impact on employment numbers.

It also found that four out of five think a direct rail link would boost their business by giving them better access to clients and customers.

More than a quarter of businesses reported the planned link – known as the Glasgow Airport Access Project – would help them recruit and retain staff, while 84 per cent said it would have a positive impact on the economy.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan holds the economic portfolio in the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.

He said: “The results of this survey send a clear message and leave absolutely no room for doubt. Businesses overwhelmingly feel that improving access to and from the airport with a direct rail link would break down barriers to their success and open doors for local people to find good jobs.”

“Glasgow Airport injects around £170m to the Glasgow City Region economy every year”, he added.

“We need to help it stay competitive and ensure we deliver the access needed for businesses to thrive, grow and provide positive employment opportunities.”

The Glasgow Airport Access Project will provide a direct rail link between the airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

It is the flagship project of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, an agreement to fund major infrastructure projects that unites eight local authorities and to which the Scottish and UK governments have committed.

The survey was carried out by Peter Brett Associates LLP between 8 August and 6 September 2016.

It was sent to businesses registered with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and the Glasgow Tourism Initiative, published on the Glasgow City Council website and circulated via the Glasgow Airport Twitter account.

Of the 133 businesses that took part 85 per cent were small-scale enterprises, around 10 per cent were medium scale, and five per cent large scale.

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Glasgow Airport records busiest October ever

Derek Mackay MSP at Glasgow Airport with the Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan
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GLASGOW AIRPORT RECORDS ITS BUSIEST OCTOBER EVER 

5.7% increase on October 2015 passenger numbers

EU scheduled traffic up 16%

Glasgow has reported its busiest October in 50 years after 884,350 passengers travelled through the airport’s doors last month, representing an annual increase of 5.7%.

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Derek Mackay MSP at Glasgow Airport with the Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan
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International traffic was up 8.3% on last year due to strong demand for winter sun destinations, with Ryanair and Thomson Airways both introducing new routes last month. EU scheduled services were up by 16% and there was also significant demand for the airport’s long-haul routes to Florida and Dubai.

Celtic’s Champions League group game at home against Borussia Monchengladbach saw airline Germanwings add extra capacity to meet demand as thousands of German fans travelled to Glasgow.

Domestic traffic in October increased by 2.4% thanks to strong demand from both business and leisure travellers on London services. Regional traffic was also boosted by additional capacity on easyJet services to Bristol and Belfast and new routes from Flybe.

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “It’s been another fantastic month for the airport in terms of passenger growth and route development, which included five new Ryanair destinations and our first-ever year round service to Cape Verde from Thomson Airways.

“In a year of many highs we recorded yet another with the 2016 October school break our busiest in a decade as more than 160,000 people travelled through the airport bound for their holidays.

”We are continuing to welcome an increasing number of visitors to Glasgow and Scotland. This in part is due to the city’s success in securing large scale events such as last week’s MOBO awards which help promote the inbound tourism potential of Glasgow and the wider city region.

“We are expecting a further increase in traffic later this month as the city prepares to host a number of major medical conferences. It’s also a big month for football as the Tartan Army sets off en masse for Wembley ahead of tonight’s England v Scotland game, while next week will see Braehead play host to the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships.

“We expect to see an increase in demand across many of our EU scheduled services towards the end of the month as passengers head off for weekend breaks to explore traditional Christmas markets on routes such as Dusseldorf, Prague and Berlin.”

Ryanair introduced five new routes from Glasgow Airport last month to Brussels Charleroi, Alicante, Malaga, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. The airline launched its first-ever base at Glasgow Airport in October 2014 and since then has carried over two million passengers.

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 October in 50 years after 884,350 passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 5.7%.

International traffic was up 8.3% on last year due to strong demand for winter sun destinations, with Ryanair and Thomson Airways both introducing new routes last month. EU scheduled services were up by 16% and there was also significant demand for the airport’s long-haul routes to Florida and Dubai.

Domestic traffic in October increased by 2.4% thanks to strong demand from both business and leisure travellers on London services. Regional traffic was also boosted by additional capacity on easyJet services to Bristol and Belfast and new routes from Flybe.

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 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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Renfrewshire councillors reject planning application for holding facility

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Plans to create an immigration holding facility near Glasgow Airport have been rejected by Renfrewshire councillors.

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Members of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board (on Tuesday Nov 08) unanimously refused a planning application to establish a facility with 20 bedrooms and ancillary accommodation to be used by the Home Office as a short-term immigration holding facility.

The council’s planning officers had recommended the application be granted with conditions.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said:  “Members were unanimously  of the view that the proposed facility would be contrary to the Adopted Renfrewshire Local Development Plan.

“There was clear concern it would be detrimental to the economic development of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area – one of the key economic drivers for the city region.

“Members agreed that there was no established identifiable functional link between the proposal and Glasgow Airport’s operations.

“The proposed facility’s location in a commercial and industrial area would  also introduce an inappropriate use through the attendant noise, activity and disturbance.”

Below is a quote from Renfrewshire Council’s decision to refuse the planning application from the Home Office.

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“I congratulate Renfrewshire Council for rejecting the planning application from the UK government for a short-term immigration detention centre near Glasgow Airport.

“It was clear that the local community didn’t want any part in the UK Government’s inhumane and ineffective approach towards immigration detention.

“The Prime Minister should take note of this decision and rethink her government’s approach towards immigration detention – a system which detains pregnant women and allows the indefinite detention of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

 

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Gavin Newlands MP raises ‘stain of detention’ with PM

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has urged the Prime Minister to use the closure of Dungavel as an opportunity to rethink her approach to immigration detention.

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The UK Government is planning on closing Dungavel Detention Centre and replace it with a short-term detention facility near Glasgow Airport.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Newlands said that the UK Government’s indefinite detention policy was a stain on the country’s human rights record and that Renfrewshire is united in opposition to the inhumane and ineffective practices that have been allowed to take place at the various detention centres throughout the UK.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The UK is the only country in Europe which allows the indefinite detention of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“This shameful record on immigration detention – which has also allowed pregnant women to be detained in prison-like environments – is a damning indictment on this government.

“With plans to close Dungavel and replace it with a short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport, people in Renfrewshire are united – we will not tolerate these practices being allowed to take place in our local community.

“This new short-term holding facility could mean that detainees will be moved to longer-term detentions facilities which are hundreds of miles away from their friends, families and legal advisors.

“The Prime Minister should use the proposed closure of Dungavel as an opportunity to rethink her detention policy and end this stain on our human rights record.”

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Ryanair celebrates two years and two million passengers at Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

Ryanair today (Wednesday, 2 November) celebrates carrying two million customers on the second anniversary of the airline’s inaugural flight from Glasgow Airport in 2014.

 Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

The airline opened its first-ever base at Glasgow Airport on October 28, 2014 with seven routes to destinations such as Dublin, London Stansted, Riga and Warsaw. Two years on the airline now operates 20 routes, including 12 new destinations for Glasgow Airport.

Europe’s largest airline continues to grow its Glasgow Airport operation with the launch of five new services to Alicante, Brussels Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga last week. A new route to Sofia in Bulgaria was also added in September.

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan and first officer Adam Sutton

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan and first officer Adam Sutton

Ryanair also recently unveiled its summer 2017 schedule from Glasgow Airport, which includes a further four new routes to Lisbon, Palanga in Lithuania, Valencia and Zadar in Croatia.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “Ryanair has continually responded to demand at Glasgow Airport over the last two years and this sustained growth is testament to the close working relationship cultivated by both the airline and the team here at the airport.

“To go from seven routes to 20, and carrying two million passengers in such a short space of time, is a fantastic achievement and Ryanair’s continued expansion of services in 2017 shows this relationship continues to thrive.

“We’re pleased to help Ryanair mark today’s two-year anniversary and look forward to celebrating many more milestones in future here at Glasgow Airport.”

Ryanair’s sales and marketing executive, Lisa Buckley said: “We are pleased to launch our five new winter routes from Glasgow International to Alicante, Brussels Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga, in addition to our new route to Sofia, which started in September.

“We continue to grow our operations at Glasgow International and we look forward to continue offering the lowest fares and best choice of destinations.”

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Paisley Buddie to play it right in Manhattan

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A Paisley playwright is set to deliver performances of her play in New York as part of an international theatre exchange after receiving support from the Renfrewshire Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF).

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Karen Herbison at Glasgow Airport departures on her way to New York

Karen Herbison, who operates as H-arts, will put on performances of ‘Say You Love Me’ just a stone’s throw from the famous Broadway theatre district later this month. The play has previously been a success at the world renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

H-arts was one of the first recipients of support from CHEF which is a key component of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021. The £500,000 fund was created with the aim of unlocking Renfrewshire’s creative potential by helping the region’s cultural community run its own events and projects in the build up to the bid.

‘Say You Love Me’ will be produced by Mind The Gap Theatre- who boast revered actresses Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench on their board of advisors. The production company are well known for taking the best of British theatre to New York every year- with productions ranging from short plays to full length features.

Karen and the team from her production company, Punch Productions, will put on three performances at the distinguished Duplex venue, known as an international destination for arts and entertainment. While in New York, Karen will also attend a number of theatrical workshops and meetings with the local cultural community to help generate interest in and support for Paisley 2021.

Upon her return from the USA, Karen aims to take ‘Say You Love Me’ on a tour of Renfrewshire’s high schools. She will also deliver creative workshops, covering many aspects of the writing process, to pupils studying Higher and Advanced Higher English.

‘Say You Love Me’ offers the audience a unique experience as it’s a theatrical performance which can take place in any public setting. Since writing the play in 2008, Karen has staged performances with the help and support of her Punch Production colleagues, Cheri Smith and Jon Cuthbertson, in a wide variety of venues, including most recently Bernie’s Café in Bridge of Weir.

Taking place in a restaurant setting, this current run of the play is designed to let the audience get close and listen in to what is happening at an adjacent table where the cast are playing out the story.

Critics have described ‘Say You Love Me’ as intimate, funny, explosive and poignant.

Karen Herbison said: “I’m incredibly excited about taking my play to New York and giving audiences there an experience of culture which has been created in Paisley. Since writing the play, it has always been a dream of mine to have it performed off Broadway and the support from CHEF has made that possible.

“I would encourage any Renfrewshire-based groups with ambitions of getting local people actively involved in cultural activities to apply to the Culture, Heritage and Events and Fund. It is a great initiative which is helping to make culture more accessible across Renfrewshire.”

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “We’ve had an amazing response to our Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, showing that there is a real appetite to get involved in culture across Renfrewshire.  Karen and H-arts is a prime example of that and I wish her all the best in New York and upon her return when she takes ‘Say You Love Me’ on a tour of our schools in Renfrewshire.”

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit  www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Glasgow Airport preparing for the Oct Week rush

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GLASGOW AIRPORT BRACED FOR ONE OF ITS BIGGEST-EVER OCTOBER GETAWAYS 

More than 160,000 passengers expected this weekend 

Glasgow Airport is today gearing up for one of its busiest periods of the year as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to jet off for the October holiday week.

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Over 160,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between today and Monday 17 October with many flying out to popular sunspots in the Canary Islands and Florida and city break destinations such as Prague, Dublin, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Las Vegas, and New York.

In anticipation of the busy period ahead, the airport and its airline partners will have extra staff on hand to help guide passengers, particularly those with young children, through check-in.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “The October school break is a huge week for us, and follows on from the busiest summer in our 50-year history when we welcomed nearly three million passengers through our doors between June and August. This weekend in particular will be very busy and we are expecting to welcome even more passengers than we did during the same period in 2015.

“To ensure our customers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport we will draft in more staff across the terminal over the weekend, while young children can enjoy face-painting and other arts and crafts hosted by the airport’s ambassadors at our designated Kids’ Zone on Friday and Saturday.

“As always during peak periods at the airport, we advise customers to arrive in plenty of time to get through check-in and security.”

Towards the end of this month Ryanair will launch four new winter sun routes to Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga, while Thomson will introduce a new Cape Verde service.