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Glasgow Airport’s passenger numbers soar to 9.4-million Golden Anniversary year

GLASGOW AIRPORT’S PASSENGER NUMBERS SOAR TO A RECORD 9.4 MILLION DURING GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Passenger numbers up by more than 650,000 on 2015

Best-ever passenger figures in each month during 2016

Glasgow Airport’s 50th anniversary was signed off in style after 9.4 million passengers travelled through its doors in 2016, representing a 7.5% annual increase on the previous year.

International and domestic traffic over the year increased by 9.2% and 5.5% respectively, thanks to the introduction of 25 new routes and services in 2016.

The airport significantly increased its connections to European cities with the introduction of services to Marseille, Sofia and Brussels. Glasgow also strengthened its position as Scotland’s principal long-haul airport with a new direct Toronto route and additional services to Orlando.

In 2016, Glasgow also became the first airport in Scotland to establish a direct service to South Korea with the introduction of inbound charter services from Seoul through flag carrier Korean Air.

In December more than 627,000 people travelled through the airport, an increase of 10.2% on the same period in 2015, with international traffic up by 16.6% and domestic by 4.9%.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2016 was an unforgettable year with so many highlights. To record our best-ever passenger numbers month after month and to carry 9.4 million passengers was a huge accomplishment and to do it in our Golden Anniversary was extra special.

“It was also particularly pleasing that we were able to considerably increase our connectivity across Europe and this is set to continue in 2017 with the launch of six new routes to Munich, Bergen, Lisbon, Valencia, Palanga in Lithuania and Zadar in Croatia.

“December’s performance ensured we ended what was a hugely successful year on a high. Looking ahead, I’m confident that the efforts made to continually grow and enhance our route network has put Glasgow Airport on a firm trajectory towards the 10-million passenger mark.

“If we are to realise further growth we must remain competitive with other European airports, so it’s imperative that the Scottish Government’s proposed 50% cut on APD goes ahead as soon as possible.

“APD places Scotland’s airports at a severe disadvantage when it comes to competing for new routes and this cut provides the opportunity, particularly post-Brexit, to send a clear message to airlines that Scotland remains open for business.”

Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “It feels very fitting that these record-breaking passenger numbers come in Glasgow Airport’s 50th anniversary year and I congratulate everyone involved for this fantastic achievement.

“It’s exciting to see the airport go from strength-to-strength, securing new routes and services including Scotland’s first direct link with South Korea.

“All this hard work has led to well-deserved awards, with the airport being named Scottish Airport of the Year and ACI Europe’s European Airport of the Year.

“I have every confidence Glasgow Airport will continue to build on this success and I look forward to seeing it continue to soar in 2017.”

Glasgow Airport picked up three major industry accolades in 2016 – Scotland’s Airport of the Year for the second year in a row and the Airport Operators Association’s (AOA) Best Airport (3-10 Million Passengers), again for the second consecutive year. Glasgow was also named Airport Council International (ACI) Europe’s Best Airport (5-10 Million Passengers).

Throughout the year, 99.45% of passengers travelled through security in under 10 minutes.

 

Traffic summary

December 2016

     
Terminal passengers

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% change Total passengers for Jan-Dec 2016 % annual change
627,518 10.2% 9.364 million
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EUROWINGS TO LAUNCH DIRECT SERVICE FROM GLASGOW TO MUNICH

Glasgow Airport has further strengthened its European route network after German low cost carrier Eurowings confirmed it will introduce direct flights to the Bavarian capital of Munich.

The airline, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, will introduce a year round, twice weekly service with the inaugural flight taking off on 31 March 2017. The flights will operate on a Wednesday departing at 0805 and on a Friday departing at 1330.

Eurowings’ parent company Lufthansa currently operates a seasonal Saturday flight to Munich from Glasgow.

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and is renowned for its stunning architecture, surrounding snow-topped mountains and the annual Oktoberfest festival which attracts tens of thousands of tourists from across the globe every year.

Glasgow Airport has secured over 50 new routes and services over the course of the past two years including services to a host of European cities including Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Prague, Milan and Bordeaux.

Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We have enjoyed real success in strengthening our connectivity with key European cities, all of which have generated significant demand from passengers. This introduction of Eurowings’ direct service to Munich is fantastic news for Glasgow and for our passengers. Not only will it result in a regular twice weekly service to one of the wealthiest regions in Europe, our passengers will have access to the extensive onward connectivity offered by the Lufthansa network.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is open for business and open to visitors and we have worked hard to further increase our connectivity with the world. Munich is a fantastic city and a key hub and I’m delighted that at a time of great uncertainty, we’re further strengthening our ties with our European neighbours.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, added: “VisitScotland plays a very important role in partnering airlines on innovative marketing programmes, helping to bring new and extended routes to Scotland’s network. We are delighted that Eurowings has introduced this new service from Munich, which will allow us to welcome even more visitors from one of Scotland’s biggest international markets.”

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Glasgow City Region Cabinet approves plans for direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and the city centre

Council leaders today formally backed the plans to secure the Glasgow City Region’s long term economic future by building a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and the city centre.

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The £144m Glasgow Airport Access Project is the flagship project for the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal. It will strengthen the city region’s link to the world, positioning it as an attractive place to do business and helping to create jobs within the area.

Glasgow Airport injects around £170m to the Glasgow City Region economy every year and businesses have backed the project as essential to ensuring it remains competitive in the years ahead.

Plans unveiled last month showed journeys to and from the airport would be transformed as a state-of-the-art system carries passengers on specially designed tram-trains using both the existing railway network and a new light rail spur from Paisley to the airport.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Region Cabinet Lead for Enterprise, said: “With the approval of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet we have taken another step towards getting this crucial direct rail link in place.

“This project is simply vital to securing the long-term success of the local and regional economies.
Glasgow Airport supports more than 7,300 jobs – 4,300 of which are in Renfrewshire – and improved transport connections will open up the city region to tourism and businesses, generate inward investment and create jobs for local people.

“The direct rail link will help increase annual passenger numbers from nine to 13 million by 2030. It will also enhance the benefits of our other City Deal projects, which are designed to unlock our economic potential, creating a world-class business and commercial location with excellent links across the Clyde and into our town and city centres.”

Figures released by the Office of Rail and Road last week showed how important the railway connections are to passengers travelling in the area. They revealed Glasgow Central Station is the busiest in the UK outside of London, while Paisley Gilmour Street is the fourth busiest station in Scotland.

The Glasgow Airport Access Project was endorsed by the Cabinet after being approved by both Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils in previous weeks. Construction of the direct rail link is due to begin in 2022 and the system will be operational three years later.

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “A direct rail link to Glasgow Airport has been an ambition for a long time, but it’s now going to be a reality.

“It’s the single biggest project in our City Deal and is of crucial importance to the economy of the whole Glasgow City Region.

“It will help us deliver more jobs, bring in more inward investment and vastly improve the customer experience.”

The project is seen as a key aspect of the Glasgow City Region achieving its stated outcomes for the duration of the City Deal programme. Among those aims is the generation of around £3.3bn of private sector investment, spreading the benefits of economic growth across the Glasgow City Region and ensuring deprived areas benefit.

They also include creating around 29,000 jobs across the region, working with 19,000 unemployed residents and supporting more than 5,500 people back into sustained employment.

The tram-train model was chosen as the preferred option after an appraisal established it offered the greatest opportunity of encouraging people to travel to and from the airport via public transport.

It would reduce the required time for all trips travelling through Glasgow City Centre and Paisley Gilmour Street to the airport by providing a direct link with no changes required.

Glasgow Airport’s head of planning and development, Ross Nimmo, is fully behind the plans for tram-trains to provide the direct rail link. He said of the project: “It has a very strong business case, with conservative estimates suggesting the airport is set to become one of the busiest train stations in Scotland.

“This is great news for travellers, and whether they choose the train, the bus or the car, Glasgow Airport will be easier to get to than ever before.”

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Glasgow Airport records busiest November ever

REMEMBER, REMEMBER GLASGOW ARIPORT’S BUSIEST NOVEMBER EVER

 7.7% increase on November 2015 passenger numbers

EU scheduled traffic up by 25%

Glasgow has reported its busiest November in 50 years after 666,338 passengers travelled through the airport’s doors last month, representing an annual increase of 7.7%.

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International traffic was up 14.9% on last year due to increased demand for winter sun destinations on Ryanair and Jet2 routes. EU scheduled services were up by 25% and there was a significant increase in traffic on Emirates and Virgin long-haul routes.

Domestic traffic in November increased by 2.2% thanks to strong demand from both business and leisure travellers on London services, which included the mobilisation of thousands of Tartan Army fans travelling to Scotland’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against England at Wembley.

Regional traffic was also boosted by strong performance from easyJet, Flybe and Loganair, while Celtic’s Champions League tie against Barcelona and Braehead’s hosting of the European Curling Championships helped boost visitor numbers.

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “November was yet another record-breaking month and it has put us on course to close out what has been an extraordinary year for Glasgow Airport by carrying more than nine million passengers for the first time in our history.
“So far we have recorded our best-ever passenger numbers in each month of our 50th anniversary year, which is a remarkable achievement.

“Our efforts in attracting more than 20 new routes and services have been key to our success this year. We also consolidated our position as Scotland’s leading long-haul airport while simultaneously strengthening our European network of services.

“December’s passenger numbers look promising and it’s very likely that we’ll make it 12 record months this year.

“The 2016 ski programme is our biggest to date and includes two new Jet2 routes to Geneva and Grenoble later this month, ensuring we’re in an extremely strong position for the year ahead.”

Winter sun options from Glasgow Airport have been significantly increased with the introduction of four new Ryanair services to Alicante, Malaga, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, while Loganair’s new summer 2017 schedule will also include a new twice-weekly service to Bergen, Norway.

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AGS Airports’ (Aberdeen and Glasgow) response to Scottish Conservatives announcement on Air Passenger Duty

Responding to the Scottish Conservatives call for the abolition of Air Passenger Duty on long-haul flights once the tax is devolved, a spokesman for AGS Airports Limited which owns Aberdeen International and Glasgow Airports, said:

“Any moves to address APD, which simply serves to dissuade airlines from flying to and from Scotland, should be welcomed. In making this call, the Scottish Conservatives have clearly acknowledged that APD is a barrier to growth and whilst today’s announcement is certainly a step in the right direction, it must go hand-in-hand with action on domestic and European connectivity which is absolutely key to the Scottish economy.

“We have a very real opportunity to send a message that Scotland remains open for business and the 50% reduction across all bands of APD and its eventual abolition will play a major role in providing us with a much needed competitive edge.”

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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

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

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

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%.

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

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.”