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GLASGOW AIRPORT LAUNCHES PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS TO MODERNISE AIRSPACE

Glasgow Airport has today (Monday 15 January 2018) launched a 13-week public consultation seeking feedback on proposals to modernise the airspace currently used by aircraft to fly to and from the airport.

The airspace change proposals form part of the UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), an industry-wide initiative driven by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

 

A key element of the FAS involves removing ground-based navigation aids across the UK and using state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems. The ground-based navigation aid which Glasgow Airport currently uses to guide aircraft to and from the airfield will be decommissioned in 2019.

The move to satellite-based navigational systems will help reduce the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions.

 

Mark Johnston, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The flight paths used at Glasgow Airport have not changed in over 50 years and, as is the case with the wider UK airspace infrastructure, they are simply no longer fit for purpose. We now need to ensure the way we manage our airspace matches the advancements that have been made in aircraft technology.

 

“Modern aircraft are now equipped to use satellite navigation meaning they can fly more efficient, reliable and direct routes. In moving to this new system, not only will we be able to improve the punctuality of flights, we will be able to reduce the amount of fuel burn from aircraft at Glasgow by over 4,000 tonnes. To put this in perspective, this is the equivalent amount of fuel an A320-200 aircraft would require to operate 1,370 flights between Glasgow and Frankfurt. This in turn will allow us to reduce CO2 emissions by 21% (12,910 tonnes).

 

“It is important to stress we will only make changes to the arrival or departure flight paths once we have considered the views of all those who respond to the airspace change consultation. We will host a number of drop-in sessions over the course of the coming months and all views will then be presented to our regulator, the CAA, before the necessary approval can be granted.”

 

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Mark Johnston added: “We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that. It is important that our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we would encourage people to participate.”

 

Further information on the airspace consultation, including how to respond, can be found at www.glasgowairport.com/airspace.

 

The airport is also required to publish an updated noise action plan every five years and will be undertaking a parallel 13-week consultation on a draft plan. The noise action plan sets out proposed measures to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

 

Information on the Noise Action Plan can be found at www.glasgowairport.com/community/noise.

 

The deadline for submissions for both consultations is 13 April 2018

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A RECORD 9.9 MILLION PASSENGERS MAKE 2017 BEST YEAR EVER FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT

  • Passenger numbers up by more than 533,000 on 2016  
  • 30 new routes and services secured during record year

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest year ever in 2017 as more than 9.9 million passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 5.8%.

The airport significantly added to its growing destination list with the launch of a number of new Ryanair services to European cities including Madrid, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Krakow and Valencia.

Glasgow also continued to strengthen its position as Scotland’s principal long-haul airport with a new direct Delta Air Lines route to New York-JFK, record passenger numbers on the daily double Dubai service and additional flights to Orlando. Scotland’s only direct service from Seoul operated by Korean Air also returned in 2017 with an additional 25% capacity.

In December more than 618,100 people travelled through the terminal, however, adverse weather conditions resulted in a marginal -1.5% decrease on passenger numbers on the same period in 2016.  

International traffic was up by 2.3% due to strong demand for winter sun destinations including the Canary Islands and European city breaks, with Christmas markets in Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Krakow proving popular. The poor weather conditions in December also led to a -5.2% reduction on domestic traffic.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2017 was a fantastic year for the airport. To carry more than 9.9 million passengers is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work put in by more than 5000 people across the airport.

“It was also particularly pleasing that we were able to considerably increase our connectivity, particularly across Europe, by securing more than 30 routes and services during the year.

“Over the last 12 months we also made considerable improvements to the airport by investing more than £25 million on a number of successful projects including the resurfacing of the runway, increasing aircraft stand capacity and the opening of our new consolidated car rental centre. Phase one of the expansion project to increase our Central Search security area by 20 per cent also got underway in December and should be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

“While Glasgow Airport enters 2018 in a position of strength, the wider aviation industry faces a number of challenges in the year ahead. These challenges will be particularly heightened by the Brexit situation, so it’s important we have clarity as early as possible on how the UK’s future relationship with the European Union will work.”

Traffic summary

December 2017

Total passengers

(000s)

% change Airport passengers for Jan-Dec 2017 % annual change
618,131 -1.5% 9,902,239 5.8%
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GLASGOW AIRPORT INVESTS £1.4 MILLION TO INCREASE CENTRAL SEARCH AREA CAPACITY BY 20 PER CENT

 

  • Revamp follows recent £700k investment in state-of-the-art body scanners
  • Capacity to increase from 10 to 12 security lanes

 

 

Work on a £1.4million project to increase capacity in Glasgow Airport’s Central Search facility in the main terminal by 20% is now underway.

The overhaul will see a complete reconfiguration of the entrance to the airport’s Central Search area which will increase the number of security lanes from 10 to 12.

 

Existing self-service boarding pass scanners will be relocated to a pre-search preparation area on the first floor at the top of the escalators with capacity doubled from five to 10.

Two wider gates will also be installed to support passengers with restricted mobility as they pass through security. The first phase of the project commenced this month and will be completed by March 2018.  

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Operations Director, said: “Providing our customers with a safe, convenient and reliable security experience is at the heart of everything we do.

 

“Passengers travelling through the airport rightly expect a security procedure that is fast, efficient and friendly. This is a real asset to any successful airport and it’s an area I’m pleased to say we excel in.

 

“The airport is fast approaching the 10-million passenger mark, so it was important to get ahead of the game by expanding the security facility.  Our current satisfaction ratings sit at 99% of passengers moving through security in under 10 minutes.

 

“We are confident this latest expansion will further improve performance, particularly during the peak travel times we are seeing more frequently as the airport continues to grow.”

 

This is the most significant improvement work undertaken in Glasgow Airport’s centralised search area since it was opened in 2008 as part of a £31-million terminal extension programme.

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Nomination deadline looms for Provost’s Community Awards

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is urging people not miss out as the nomination deadline for the Provost’s Community Awards approaches.

The awards, which are into their third decade, aim to give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire and are making a difference to their community.

This year, nominations can be made in six categories, including a new Arts and Culture award which has been created to find the hidden, or not so hidden, gems who light up Renfrewshire’s cultural scene.

Five other awards, Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year, give the opportunity for local people to give recognition to their colleagues, friends and family for the work they do in their community.

Provost Cameron said: “We’ve had a fantastic number of entries already but we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to make their nominations.

“I meet so many inspiring groups and people in my role as Provost so I know the talent and dedication is out there, but I need the local community to nominate them.

“If a person, or a group, is making a real difference to your life or is making your local area a better place, then please put them forward and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December.

This year, Employer of the Year is sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire and encourages nominations for employers who have provided a positive working environment for their staff.

Mark Ferguson, Branch Secretary, said: “We represent 52 employers in the local area and we’re delighted to sponsor the Employer of the Year Award.

“This award recognises employers who value their workforce and contribute to both the local economy and community in Renfrewshire.

“If your employer has gone above and beyond the call of duty, then make sure you nominate them before the deadline.”.

Sponsored by Glasgow Airport, the Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

Craig Martin, Head of HR, said: “Glasgow Airport are proud to serve Renfrewshire. We have strong connections with our local community through our staff and customers, therefore we are delighted to sponsor this award and recognise individuals who are making a real difference in their local area.”

The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities

Perennial award sponsor Acre Industrial will present the Sporting Achievement award to the person, team or group who have represented Renfrewshire to a high standard this year in the sporting arena.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison, who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception, donates the Carers Award which recognises anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Nominations can be completed online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards

Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices.

The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017

For further enquiries contact: provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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10 RECORD MONTHS IN A ROW AS AIRPORT ENJOYS BUSIEST-EVER OCTOBER PASSENGER NUMBERS

  • EU-scheduled services up 16%
  • 39,000 passengers up on previous best in October 2016

Last month’s school break helped Glasgow Airport record its busiest-ever October after more than 928,000 people travelled through its doors, representing a 5% increase on 2016’s passenger numbers.

EU-scheduled services were up 16% on the same period in 2016 thanks to additional capacity and strong demand on a number of city break routes including Milan, Valencia and Lisbon.

October saw the introduction of two new Ryanair routes to Madrid and Krakow, while Lufthansa announced plans to launch a new daily flight to Frankfurt in March 2018. The German carrier’s summer seasonal weekly route to Munich was also significantly improved with passengers now be able to fly up to four times per week from Glasgow to the Bavarian capital all year round.

International traffic was up 9.5% on last year due to strong demand for winter sun destinations as thousands of families jetted off during the October school break and long-haul routes to North America and Dubai also increased by 2.5%.

Celtic’s Champions League home and away double header against Bayern Munich also boosted October’s passenger numbers with a significant number of fans travelling through the airport to the games in Munich and Glasgow.

The launch of Flybe’s new London Southend Airport ensured domestic performance remained on par with last year’s passenger numbers. The addition of the new route, which will operate up to nine times per week, takes the total number of daily flights between Glasgow and the six airports in and around London to 32.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: ““It’s been another tremendous month for passenger growth and route development at the airport.

“Each month so far in 2017 has been a record breaker and our success is a direct result of the hard work and effort we put in to continually improving the airport’s route network to provide our customers with a greater destination choice.

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“We’re thrilled to add both Madrid and Krakow to our growing list of EU-scheduled services and this year’s October school break was one of our busiest ever with more than 167,000 passengers heading off on their holidays from the airport.

“Looking ahead, November is already shaping up to be a really busy month with a number of events and conferences drawing visitors to the city.

“We also 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, Brussels, Berlin and now Munich.”

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Terminal passengers % November 2016 to October 2017 %
(000s) Change Change
928,264 5% 9,889,109 7.1%

Notes to editors:

About Glasgow Airport

 

Glasgow Airport is owned by AGS Airports Limited. AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) established in 2014 to invest in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports. In December 2014, Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, was appointed as the CEO for AGS as a group.

 

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest year on record when 9.4 million people travelled through its doors in 2016 representing an annual increase of 7.5%.

With 30 airlines serving more than 130 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.

In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure. The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Glasgow Airport confirmed as potential location for Heathrow’s logistics hubs

Glasgow Airport is in the running to be selected by Heathrow as one of its Logistics Hubs locations – off-site centres for construction and manufacturing which will help the hub airport deliver its third runway.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) is one of 10 Scottish potential sites and 65 sites from across the UK to have been longlisted by Heathrow. Once finalised, the final four selected locations will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow, playing a key role in supporting expansion’s efficient delivery.

GAIA is benefitting from over £30 million of investment through the Glasgow City Region City Deal to deliver a modern, high quality business location and has the potential to become a powerhouse of economic growth for Renfrewshire.

Heathrow expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs which tie directly into Heathrow’s commitments on sustainability, by reducing emissions through transporting assembled components to site in fewer lorries. Heathrow has stated this approach will help deliver expansion faster, more affordably and will minimise impact on local communities surrounding the hub.

Ross Nimmo, head of planning and development at Glasgow Airport, said: “Together with the Glasgow City Region (GCR), we have made a compelling proposition for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs to be located in the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA).

“Aside from benefitting from excellent connectivity including up to 10 flights per day to Heathrow from the airport, GAIA is ideally located to be accessible to the City Region’s extensive workforce and its skills base. The City Region has an enviable track record of successfully delivering major construction projects and GAIA will build on the existing manufacturing strengths Renfrewshire is renowned for. We’re looking forward to working with Heathrow as we progress to the next stage of the selection process for the Logistics Hubs.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The Glasgow City Region is the ideal location for a Heathrow Expansion Logistics Hub and I am delighted the region’s collaborative expression of interest in partnership with Glasgow Airport has progressed to the next stage.

“The Glasgow City Region is Scotland’s economic powerhouse, very well connected with a highly skilled workforce, a well-developed supply chain base, and an ambitious programme for infrastructure and development, collectively making it the compelling choice for a Heathrow logistics hub.”

Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton said:  “As the UK leaves the EU, Heathrow is an essential infrastructure project that will ensure Britain remains an open trading nation.

“As part of that, Heathrow’s third runway will rely on talent from all over Britain helping to create a national asset for generations to come. This means new procurement opportunities for businesses in every region, helping drive growth and investment into local communities in all corners of this country. Our aim, to harness the skills we need through long-term projects such as the Logistics Hubs and Business Summits, will drive jobs and investment leaving a legacy of increased productivity for the construction sector. The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”

For more information on the Logistics Hubs visit: https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/wpcontent/uploads/2017/04/Heathrow_Logistics_Brochure_25.04.17.pdf

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Lufthansa expanding Glasgow services to Germany

Munich four times a week for winter and five times a week next summer

New daily to Frankfurt for summer

 

Lufthansa has announced substantial expansion of flights between Glasgow and Germany. A new daily flight to Frankfurt will start in March 2018 along with an increase in the Munich service to five flights a week.

Lufthansa started flying from Glasgow with a weekly, summer only service to Munich in May 2015. This will increase to four flights a week next Monday (30th October), operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

 

In addition to that now the airline has announced a new daily, year round, service between Glasgow and Frankfurt, starting, on 26th March 2018. At the same time a new Saturday flight will be added to the Munich service. All flights will operate next summer with aircraft from the Airbus 320 family.

Announcing the new flights Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group said: “The introduction of these services will result in a massive increase in Lufthansa’s flight offer at Glasgow – a level of growth which is unprecedented in recent years. To go from a single weekly service to 12 flights a week in twelve months is remarkable. It reinforces our commitment to meet the expectations of our Scottish passengers and also confirms the continuing importance of Glasgow Airport within the Lufthansa worldwide network,

 

In addition to providing Lufthansa’s Scottish passengers with year round access to Germany, the additional flights will also enable Glasgow passengers to access onward connections to the airline’s worldwide network to 193 destinations in 75 countries countries through its modern Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

 

The new flights are also available for booking through lufthansa.com . As a full service airline all fares include Lufthansa’s high quality product providing all passengers with, in flight food & drink, various mobile services, and in 2018 broadband internet on board. In addition to that travellers in business class can expect lounge access, priority boarding and fast track access for a more comfortable and speedy journey All fares are inclusive taxes and charges and start from £87.

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New Glasgow-London Southend route in the bag

Flybe franchise partner Stobart Air’s new service is a gift for serious shoppers, business passengers and leisure travellers

 

Flybe franchise partner Stobart Air has today (Tuesday, October 31) launched a new daily service between Glasgow and London Southend airports.

Glasgow Airport announce new Flybe route to Southend.
Pic of, Glasgow Airport business development manager Paul White with flybe crew Sheila Freitas, Luke Kilcullen-Morris and Rosie Stowe.
Picture by Chris James 30/10/17

The service will now operate up to nine flights per week during the winter season using a 118-seat Embraer aircraft, with double daily flights on Mondays and Fridays. During the summer months from May the service will operate 12 flights per week with a double daily service Monday to Friday and one rotation at weekends.  

 

Paul White, Glasgow Airport’s business development manager, said: “London is easily the most popular destination for our passengers, so the introduction of this new route by Flybe franchise partner Stobart Air is welcome news.

 

“As well as being a popular route with both business and leisure travellers, London is the UK’s top shopping destination. Glasgow is the most popular city for shoppers outside of London, so we expect this route to be very popular for short breaks in both directions for those looking to enjoy a bit of retail therapy while taking in the sights.

 

“We’re really pleased to also establish our first link with London Southend Airport. The introduction of the new service means that our passengers now have access to more than 32 flights per day to six airports based in and around London.”

 

Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation, owner of London Southend Airport, said: “The Glasgow route launch is an exciting addition to our current destination offering.

“We are passionate about offering passengers the best way to travel and improving domestic connections is key on our agenda. With London only being 45 minutes from London Southend Airport, it is an incredibly easy trip to make.”

Bookings can be made by visiting: www.flybe.com

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AGS Airports Ltd media statement

AGS Airports Ltd can today (Wednesday, October 11) announce that Chief Executive Officer Amanda McMillan has signalled her intention to stand down following a family decision to relocate to Australia.

Mrs McMillan, who also has responsibility for Glasgow Airport, where she has been Managing Director for over nine years, will continue in her role until early 2018. 

AGS Airports Chairman Sir Peter Mason said: “On behalf of the AGS Board, I would like to convey our sincere thanks to Amanda for the outstanding job she has done in establishing the AGS Airports Ltd group since its creation in 2014.

“Through her distinctive brand of leadership, AGS has become one of the UK’s leading airport groups. During this period, our airports in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton have benefited hugely from her drive and commitment to continually improve the customer experience for our growing number of passengers.

Mrs McMillan added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed leading AGS Airports.  It is with mixed emotions that I am planning to move on, but this opportunity is one that comes at the right time for us as a family. I am immensely proud of the team at AGS which has delivered significant passenger growth, secured new carriers, built enviable destination lists and completed a series of first-class modernisation projects.”

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Statement from Glasgow Airport

Amanda McMillan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “Our position has always been clear that the Scottish Government’s proposed 50% reduction on Air Passenger Duty must be implemented as soon as possible, so we are very disappointed with today’s announcement.

“Not only is the current APD format the highest form of aviation tax in the world, it is also a regressive one which continues to stifle Scotland’s ability to compete in both domestic and international markets.

“In addition to acting as a barrier to growth, APD makes it extremely challenging to maintain vital, existing services in a fiercely competitive global aviation market.

“These challenges are also further compounded by the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and we therefore urge both the Scottish and Westminster governments to work together to quickly find a solution to this issue.”