, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Blue Air launches second new from Glasgow to Iaşi

Blue Air, the first smart flying company with over 100 routes in Europe, operated the first flight from Glasgow to Iaşi on Saturday, June 17.

The new route will operate every Thursday and Saturday using a Boeing 737 aircraft. Blue Air currently operates the popular thrice-weekly service to Romanian capital Bucharest, which was introduced in December 2015.

Paul White, Business Development Manager at Glasgow Airport said: “This new Iaşi service from Blue Air is sure to be popular with both our business and leisure customers. As well as offering a key transport link to one of the most important political and economic centres in the province of Moldavia, this twice weekly service will also be a great link for ex-pats and those seeking a historical and cultured city break. We look forward to working with our airline partner Blue Air to ensure the success of the airline’s latest service at Glasgow Airport.”

Tudor Constantinescu, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Air said: “Blue Air is excited to further grow its presence at Glasgow Airport, by introducing twice-weekly services from its Iasi operational base. This new route is aimed primarily at holiday-makers, considering the vast touristic potential of both Romania and Scotland. It will also be incredibly popular with the Romanian community in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. We look forward to making this route another successful story of Blue Air’s network.”

Tickets are already on sale, with prices from £27.62 (one-way, taxes included, subject to availability) on www.blueairweb.com, through the Call Centre or via over 3000 partner agencies.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Glasgow becomes first Scottish Airport to gain ‘Taste Our Best’ accreditation for supporting the country’s produce

Success on a plate for Glasgow Airport   

Scotland & Sea Food Court becomes first in Scotland to receive quality assurance award

Picture – Nick Ponty
Glasgow Airport is the first Scottish airport to receive VisitScotlandÕs ÔTaste our BestÕ accreditation.
Chef Alex Sivewright with young passengers Ben (3) and Emily Morgan (5)

Glasgow Airport has become the first airport in Scotland to boast a coveted food and drink standards award – its Scotland & Sea Food Court has won a Taste Our Best award.

Picture – Nick Ponty
Glasgow Airport is the first Scottish airport to receive VisitScotlandÕs ÔTaste our BestÕ accreditation.
l-r Chef Alex Sivewright, Denise Gilmour, Glasgow Airport, Liz Buchanan, Visit Scotland, Paula McGee, manager Scotland & Sea.

The Quality Assurance accreditation from VisitScotland certifies the excellence and provenance of the food and drink available at Scotland & Sea’s airport eateries.

Taste Our Best, a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government, is designed to recognise businesses – including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs – that not only offer a quality food and drink experience but also include and promote Scottish produce on their menus, giving consumers more choice and an authentic experience.

Picture – Nick Ponty
Glasgow Airport is the first Scottish airport to receive VisitScotlandÕs ÔTaste our BestÕ accreditation.
l-r Denise Gilmour, Glasgow Airport, Chef Alex Sivewright, Liz Buchanan, Visit Scotland.

The scheme provides businesses with an assessment by qualified assessors of their food provision and menu, with those meeting the necessary criteria receiving the Taste Our Best accreditation.  The award provides consumers with an independent and trusted assurance of standards and in addition, offers businesses a valuable marketing tool.

Scotland & Sea comprises four outlets providing different catering offerings, with dishes freshly prepared and cooked on the premises. The separate sports bar and grill, deli, buffet-style restaurant and café bar offer a wide variety of dining options, from grab and go light bites to lunch.

The Food Court is operated by global catering specialist Delaware North, which invested over £2m five years ago to transform the Glasgow Airport Food Court into a stylish, contemporary and comfortable dining hall.

Paula McGee of Delaware North said: “Our priority is to provide our customers with a great, relaxed dining experience, enjoying food of the highest standards – and using quality produce is key to that.  Scotland is very fortunate to have superb produce so it’s important to make the most of those rich resources and to be able to give our Scotland & Sea customers a real taste of Scotland. 

“Our efforts to ensure we do that have been well supported by our suppliers – Bidvest Foodservice, Campbells Prime Meat and McGhee’s Bakery – who appreciate the impact of carefully considering the seasonality and provenance of produce. We are indebted to them, and to the hard work and dedication of all of the staff at our Scotland & Sea outlets, in helping us achieve our Taste Our Best award. 

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this important accreditation and we’re proud too to have enabled Glasgow Airport to become the first in Scotland to have it.”

Denise Gilmour, Head of Retail at Glasgow Airport, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award, and to be the first airport in Scotland to gain ‘Taste Our Best’ accreditation is a wonderful achievement for all of the people who work tremendously hard each day to provide a fantastic variety of catering options for our passengers and colleagues. 

“The Delaware North team at the airport has put in an incredible amount of effort to ensure Scotland & Sea meets the standards required to not only provide a first-class experience, but that the Scotland and Sea menu highlights the very best produce out country has to offer.

“As the airport’s tagline suggests, we are proud to serve Scotland. We’re also proud to promote Scotland’s rich and varied larder.” 

Liz Buchanan MBE, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “My congratulations go to Scotland & Sea on winning this important Quality Assurance accolade. This is great news too for Glasgow Airport which is already well-known for its commitment to giving all of its customers and millions of visitors to Scotland, the warmest of welcomes as well as excellent hospitality.

“From bars to B&Bs and takeaways to teashops, Taste Our Best is open to any business with a food and drink offering. With research indicating that three out of four visitors to Scotland believe eating local cuisine will enhance their visit, Taste Our Best really is a recipe for success. It is an extremely worthwhile award to work toward as it really does boost business.”

Around 58% of all visitors to Scotland and 71% of overseas visitors to our country eat in a pub or bar, whilst almost half (49%) of all visitors want to try local food – giving hospitality businesses an ideal opportunity to capitalise on the increasing interest in the nation’s natural larder.

Research has shown that visitors are willing to pay up to 15% more for food that is of Scottish or regional origin, and businesses which provide and promote their use of local produce can typically enjoy higher level sales of up to 20% per year, providing a real financial incentive for businesses to sign up to the accreditation scheme.

It is estimated that tourism’s contribution to Scotland’s food and drink industry is worth £2.5 million per day to country’s economy, with sampling traditional dishes and local produce among the top activities undertaken by visitors to Scotland.

To find out more about the Taste Our Best scheme, visit:  www.visitscotland.com/taste-our-best.aspx

For more details on Delaware North, visit:  www.delawarenorth.com

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

RECORD MAY SEES GLASGOW AIRPORT PASSENGER NUMBERS SOAR

Glasgow Airport reported its busiest May on record after more than 910,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 10% on the same period last year.

International and domestic routes were up 16.5% and 2% respectively thanks to additional capacity from a number of airlines including Thomson and Thomas Cook.

There was strong demand for the airport’s growing list of European city destinations including Eurowings’ Dusseldorf route and Ryanair services to Brussels, Sofia and Valencia.

Ryanair’s recently launched Lisbon route performed particularly well as hundreds of Celtic fans made their way to the Portuguese capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s historic 1967 European Cup win.

May also saw the airport’s long-haul services up by 15% thanks to an increase in demand for North American flights including Florida and Emirates’ double daily service to Dubai, while easyJet’s Bristol services and Loganair’s Highland and Island routes helped boost domestic travel.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “May was an extremely successful month which saw the launch of Delta Air Line’s inaugural New York-JFK route and new service to Bergen and the Isle of Man.

“Strengthening our EU connectivity continues to be an area of focus, so Lufthansa’s recent decision to expand its current seasonal weekly service to four flights per week all year round was extremely welcome news.

“In addition to making it easier for tourists from one of our biggest international markets to visit Glasgow, the expansion of this route will play an important role in strengthening Scotland’s connectivity by providing passengers with access to major markets worldwide through Lufthansa’s Munich hub.

“As we look ahead this month the airport is gearing up for what is set to be our busiest June on record as the school term comes to an end and tens of thousands of families pass through our doors to head off on their holidays.”

Traffic summary

May 2017

     
Terminal passengers

(000s)

%

Change

June 2016 to May 2017 %

Change

910,333 10% 9,622,872 +7.1%
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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%

 

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scotland’s only direct link with South Korea returns to Glasgow with additional capacity

Scotland’s only direct service from South Korea will return to Glasgow Airport this summer with an additional 25% capacity.

Flag carrier Korean Air and tour operator Hanjin Travel have announced the return of the service following last year’s landmark decision to operate three inbound charter flights to Glasgow from the country’s capital Seoul.

The addition of a fourth flight to this year’s inbound-only charter service further strengthens Glasgow’s reputation as the country’s leading long-haul hub and will see the airport once again become a gateway to Scotland for more than 1,300 South Korean tourists during July and August.

Steven Marshall, head of airline marketing and development at Glasgow Airport, said: “We are extremely pleased Korean Air and its sister company Hanjin Travel have not only chosen to re-introduce these summer charter services, but have also decided to increase capacity by a very encouraging 25 per cent due to demand.

“Their decision is a significant one and again underlines Scotland’s global appeal as a tourist destination and highlights the growth in demand we are experiencing from Asian tourist markets.

“We are looking forward to welcoming back Korean Air and Hanjin Travel and to working with them once again to develop this charter programme further.”

Hanjin Travel is one of South Korea’s largest travel companies and has played a major role in developing the country’s tourism industry. In recent years, it has been extending its European route network with the launch of similar charter services to Oslo and Marseille.

Operated by Korean Air using an Airbus A330 aircraft, the first service from Seoul will arrive in Glasgow on Wednesday 26 July with the remaining three flights arriving throughout August.

Mr In Chai Park, President of Hanjin Travel, said: “As one of South Korea’s leading travel companies we are extremely pleased to be returning to Scotland this summer for the second year in a row and look forward to visiting Glasgow once again.

“We received very positive feedback from our passengers who travelled last year. They really enjoyed visiting Scotland and were very happy with the warm welcome they received from the airport and the people of Glasgow.

“This was a major factor in our decision to not only return this year, but to also increase capacity on the charter service by 25%.

“Glasgow’s excellent shopping and wonderful architecture, alongside the world-renowned scenery of Scotland, are proving very popular with our travellers.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Securing South Korea’s national air carrier and Scotland’s first direct flight from Seoul was a momentous achievement for Glasgow and today’s announcement that the service will resume with increased capacity in 2017 is a fantastic start to the year for the city and our airport.

“This decision further strengthens Glasgow’s reputation as Scotland’s visitor gateway and reinforces our commitment to growing the city’s global connectivity and forging tourism links with emerging markets. It also supports the ambition of our newly launched Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, which aims to attract one million more tourists over the next seven years.

“Glasgow is looking forward to again working with Korean Air and Hanjin Travel to deliver a programme of cooperative destination marketing activity ahead of the service resuming this summer.”