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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.”

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GLASGOW’S PASSENGER NUMBERS TOP A MILLION NOT ONCE, TWICE, BUT THRICE IN HISTORY-MAKING RECORD SUMMER

 

  • 7% increase on August 2016 passenger numbers
  • More than three million passengers during peak summer months

Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest August on record after more than 1,008,800 passengers travelled through its doors, representing a 7% increase on the same period last year.

 

This means that Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest ever summer as more than three million people passed through the terminal during the peak months of June, July and August. The airport also registered one million-plus passenger numbers for three consecutive summer months for the first time in its history.

 

EU scheduled services increased by 17% on the same period last year thanks to additional capacity and strong demand on a number of routes including Milan, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon and Valencia.

 

Long-haul routes were up 16% thanks to the continued popularity of Virgin’s Orlando route and Emirates’ twice-daily Dubai service, which surpassed the four million passenger milestone in August following its introduction in 2004.  

 

International traffic grew by 12.4% with a number of transatlantic services to New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver reporting strong demand.

 

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Summer is our peak time of year as people head off on their holidays, but our August passenger numbers were also boosted considerably by a series of high-profile events including the World Pipe Band Championships and the TOTAL BWF World Championships, which attracted thousands of visitor and competitors to the city.

 

“The launch of Ryanair’s daily Frankfurt service has helped us make a strong start to September, while the introduction of the airline’s new Madrid and Krakow routes next month will further strengthen our European connectivity and offer our passengers an even greater destination choice.

 

“While Celtic’s UEFA Champions League group opponents may present an exciting challenge on the pitch, football fans attending home and away games against PSG, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht will also be well served by Glasgow Airport’s extensive range of European services.”

 

 

Terminal passengers % September 2016 to August 2017 %
(000s) Change Change
1,008,868 7.0% 9,806,547 7.2%

 

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ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

 

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GLASGOW’S BEST-EVER JULY SCORCHES ALL PREVIOUS PASSENGER NUMBER RECORDS

10.1 increase on long-haul traffic

 EU-scheduled traffic up 14%

Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest ever month as more than 1,082,000 passengers travelled through its doors in July – representing a 6.2% increase on the same period in 2016.

International traffic grew by 10.1% with long-haul routes including Emirates’ daily double to Dubai, Delta Air Line’s New York-JYK flight and Virgin Atlantic’s direct Orlando service reporting particularly strong demand.

EU-scheduled services were up 14% thanks to additional capacity on a number of routes including Alicante, Palma and Dusseldorf, while city-break destinations such as Berlin, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris also proved popular.

July saw thousands of travellers take to the skies bound for a number of European sun destinations including the Canary Islands, Ibiza, Faro, Greece, Croatia and the Costa del Sol. The airport also recorded its busiest day of the year so far on Friday, July 14, as 40,000 passengers passed through the terminal.

The release of July’s passenger figures follows news that Glasgow was named one of the top six UK airports in the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airport Accessibility Report. Glasgow scored a ‘Very Good’ rating for its Person of Restricted Mobility provision at the airport.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “July is traditionally our busiest period of the year as passengers head off on their summer holidays, but to record our busiest ever month in 51 years of operation is a significant achievement.

“We’ve set new passenger-number records in each month so far this year and our strong performance in 2017 is a result of our continued efforts to offer customers more choice through extra seats to popular routes and new destinations such as the new twice-weekly Ryanair service to Zadar launched last month.

“August is already proving busy thanks to large-scale events such as the return this week of the Piping Live festival and the World Pipe Band Championships. Both events are incredibly popular and will see the airport welcome thousands of visitors and participating musician from across the globe.

“We also expect the BWF World Championships to attract thousands of badminton fans when the tournament gets underway later this month.

“Looking ahead, Ryanair will introduce a number of new winter services in September and October to Frankfurt, Krakow and Madrid, while Lufthansa will also increase the current Munich service from one flight per week to four, ensuring we enter the second half of the year in a position of strength.”

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the recent news that Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest ever month.

More than 1 million passengers travelled through the Airport, which is located in Mr Mackay’s Renfrewshire North & West constituency, in July – an increase of 6.2% on the same period last year.

The release of July’s passenger figures follows news that Glasgow was named one of the top six UK airports in the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airport Accessibility Report. Glasgow scored a ‘Very Good’ rating for its Person of Restricted Mobility provision at the airport.

Mr Mackay, the MSP for Glasgow Airport, said:

“It is encouraging to see passenger numbers growing at Glasgow Airport yet again, as the Airport recorded its busiest ever month.

“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 continues to go 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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Glasgow Airport’s Best of Scotland celebration takes off

Passengers travelling through Glasgow Airport will be able to celebrate and experience the country’s finest food, drink, clothing and culture as this year’s Best of Scotland campaign gets underway today (Monday 31 July).

Picture – Nick Ponty
Highland dancer Amy Struthers 8 tries a Tunnock’s teacake with Customer Service advisor, Shannon Paton, 21 dressed as a giant teacake (centre)..

Now in its fifth year, the campaign will see parts of the terminal receive a very Scottish makeover to promote the best tastes, sights and sounds the country has to offer.

The campaign will showcase a wide variety of quality products produced on these shores from fine malt whiskies and contemporary Scottish-based gins such as Eden Mill, Makar and Edinburgh, to luxury Harris Tweed clothing and state-of-the-art RHA headphones.

Sweet-toothed passengers will also be to sample some of Scotland’s best confectionary, including Mrs Tilly tablet and Campbells shortbread.

Scottish institution Tunnock’s will also make its presence known in the terminal throughout the campaign and passengers will be able to sample the company’s world-famous caramel wafers and teacakes.

In addition to hosting the Uddingston-based baker’s distinctive branding on the numerous clock faces around the airport, a vintage Tunnock’s delivery van will also be parked up in the main terminal’s Scotland and Sea food court area.

One of the key highlights of the celebratory Best of Scotland month will be a live performance in the main terminal building from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Thursday 31 August.

Steven Marshall, head of airline marketing and development at Glasgow Airport, said: “As a gateway to Scotland, we welcome thousands of visitors from across the globe on a daily basis.

“For many of them, Glasgow Airport is their first and last impression of Scotland, so the annual Best of Scotland campaign provides us with the perfect platform to help champion the very best products our country has to offer.

“The RSNO’s live performance is a fantastic way to bring the Best of Scotland campaign to a close and it’s always very popular with our passengers. It’s not every day you get the chance to witness a 50-piece orchestra perform in an airport terminal!”

This year’s campaign comes weeks after Glasgow became the first Scottish Airport to be awarded VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best accreditation for food and drink excellence and promoting Scottish produce.

Glasgow Airport’s Best of Scotland campaign will run until Thursday 31 August.

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Icelandair to increase their Glasgow service by over 2000 extra seats

Icelandair will increase their Glasgow service by over 2000 extra seats.  From the beginning of November until the end of December four flights a week from GLA to KEF will increase in capacity by 39 seats per leg jumping from 183 seats per flight to 222 seats.

Steven Marshall Head of Airline Marketing & Development at Glasgow Airport said:

“Icelandair is one of our longest serving airlines and we are delighted that they have seen the potential for increased demand between Glasgow and North America this winter. In winter time New York is especially popular from Glasgow and we are pleased to see Icelandair offer incredible value in its fares – return fares start from as little as £370pp.”

The Glasgow to Keflavik route will also remain a daily one allowing for smooth hassle free connections to Icelandair’s 18 trans-Atlantic North American gateways.

The increased capacity on these Glasgow flights will also be complimented by an additional flight to New York’s Newark from Keflavik that will begin on Wednesday 15th November until 11th January taking the Newark route to a daily service and the Glasgow flights, along with the other 6 from UK gateways will connect into this service.

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GLASGOW BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD AS JUNE PASSENGER NUMBERS HIT ONE-MILLION MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME

5.7% increase on June 2016 passenger numbers

EU-scheduled traffic up 16.1%

For the first time in its 51-year history Glasgow Airport recorded more than one million passengers in the month of June, representing a 5.7% increase on the same period in 2016.

Demand for EU-scheduled services increased by 16.1% thanks to additional capacity on city-break destinations including Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bucharest and Dusseldorf as well as new routes to Brussels, Valencia and Lisbon.

The airport’s success in strengthening its European connectivity continued with the introduction of a new twice-weekly Blue Air route to the Romanian city of Iasi.

International traffic grew by 10.4% as the busy school holiday period got underway, while long-haul routes were up 12.4% due to strong demand on services to North America and Dubai.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “June is traditionally one of our busiest months of the year, but to exceed one million passengers is yet another significant achievement for Glasgow Airport.

“Our strong performance in the first half of 2017 has been driven by our efforts to enhance existing services and expand our growing network with new destinations to give even more choice to our customers, including the launch of Ryanair’s new Zadar route last week.

“Later this month we’ll see a return of Scotland’s only direct link with Seoul as Korean Air’s in-bound charter service returns with an additional flight.

“Route development continues to be a key priority in driving growth at the airport and we’re looking forward to welcoming a number of services in the second half of 2017 to exciting new destinations including Madrid, Krakow and Frankfurt.”

 

Traffic summary

June 2017

     
Terminal passengers

(000s)

%

Change

July 2016 to June 2017 %

Change

1,000,022 5.7% 9,677,211 7.3%

 

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Plans submitted for major infrastructure projects

Planning applications have been submitted for two major infrastructure projects led by Renfrewshire Council through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

an aerial view of the infrastructure being developed through the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project

Authorities in Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow will consider the details of the £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, which aims to regenerate the Clyde Waterfront as an attractive area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities.

artist’s impression of the regenerated Clyde waterfront

It includes construction of the only opening road bridge across the River Clyde and new roads and cycle routes to better link the communities of Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank.

aerial view of the infrastructure being developed through the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project

Plans behind the £39.1million Glasgow Airport Investment Area project have also been submitted to Renfrewshire planning officials.

Construction of a new bridge over the White Cart, realignment of Abbotsinch Road, and new cycle routes form the project proposals to improve connections between the existing Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks.

It will also facilitate the creation of a world class business and commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire, connected by air, sea and land.

If approved, work on both projects is expected to start on site in 2018 with construction completed in 2020.

Extensive engagement with more than 2000 people has signalled strong public support for the projects, with feedback surveys showing 90 per cent backing for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, while 94 per cent of respondents are behind the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project.

The projects are funded through the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities across the Glasgow City Region to deliver improved infrastructure, create new jobs, tackle unemployment and drive innovation and growth.

City Deal projects will bring big business boost

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, believes the Glasgow City Region City Deal projects led by Renfrewshire Council will bring jobs and business benefits to the local area.

He said: “These projects offer tremendous benefits for local businesses and have the potential to transform how we do business in Renfrewshire. These major infrastructure investments will make it easier for employers to do business; easier for employees to get to and from their places of work and open up the potential for future investment.

“Around 1400 jobs are expected during the construction period and a further 11,000 permanent jobs could be created through existing business expansion and new businesses being attracted to the area as a result of the City Deal infrastructure investment.

“Improved connections will also benefit the public and local employers, with 59,000 jobs becoming more accessible to Renfrewshire residents.

“I am very excited at the potential of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area to bring highly skilled jobs to the area. The signs are already there – the First Minister recently announced that an £8.9million specialist centre to develop new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials for the aerospace and automotive industries will be established here in Renfrewshire.

“It has been encouraging to see the public are firmly behind these projects and I look forward to seeing the work get underway. These are key projects in the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which has the potential to unlock £3.3billion in private sector investment benefitting the whole region.”

Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside

Project details

  • A 184 metre, two-lane opening bridge across the River Clyde, linking Meadowside Street in Renfrew with Dock Street in Yoker and accommodating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A 750 metre Renfrew North Development Road to link Meadowside Street to the A8 at Argyll Avenue in Renfrew.
  • New cycle lanes and connections to existing cycleways and active travel paths, connecting from Inchinnan Road, Renfrew through to Yoker Railway Station.
  • New bridge approach roads providing access to the River Clyde crossing from existing roads
  • Active travel routes of pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes incorporated into all new roads and bridges
  • New and improved junctions upgrading existing roads and linking to existing and future developments.
  • Landscaping including woodland planting, trees along the proposed roads and hedges to create wildlife habitats

Anticipated project benefits

  • Increased business potential on both sides of the River Clyde, gaining access to more customers and suppliers
  • Improved journey times between the newly connected communities
  • Ease traffic congestion at Renfrew Cross
  • Attract £282million in private sector investment
  • Create 1015 jobs during the construction period and 629 permanent jobs as a result of new business creation
  • Help deliver 1690 new homes
  • Bring 83 hectares of land back into use
  • Support reduction in greenhouse gas vehicle emissions by more than 500 tonnes in 2020

Glasgow Airport Investment Area

Project details

  • Realignment and upgrading of Abbotsinch Road – including 1620 metres of new road  – to establish a high quality gateway into the new investment area
  • A new 70 metre, two-lane bridge over the White Cart river from Wright Street to an approach road off Arran Avenue
  • Active travel routes of pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes incorporated into all new roads and bridges
  • A 2030 metre off-road cycleway connecting the realigned Abbotsinch Road to Inchinnan Business Park
  • A 100 metre cycleway and pedestrian bridge spanning the Black Cart
  • New and improved junctions and connections to existing cycleways and paths
  • Benches and cycle parking at key points along new routes
  • Trees planted on the realigned Abbotsinch Road and hedge planting to enhance biodiversity on Inchinnan cycle way

Anticipated project benefits

  • Deliver the infrastructure and environmental improvements to facilitate a world class commercial location around Glasgow Airport and existing manufacturing centres in the heart of Renfrewshire
  • Support the continued growth and expansion of Glasgow Airport
  • Attract £430million in private sector investment
  • Create 365 jobs during construction and up to 10,600 jobs as a result of new business creation in the Investment Area
  • Create more than 300,000 square foot of new and enhanced development space.
  • Brings 60 hectares of vacant and derelict land back into use
  • Help deliver 250 new homes
  • Reduce HGV traffic on Porterfield Road and Paisley Road as a result of Wright Street link
  • Support reduction of greenhouse gas vehicle emissions by more than 200 tonnes in 2020
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Fire on Clark Street Paisley Photographs.

NINE fire engines and more than 50 firefighters have rushed to an “ongoing incident” in Paisley near Glasgow Airport.

Bursting red and orange flames and plumes of thick black smoke rose over the city as police and fire services raced to a construction yard between Clark Street and McFarlane Street.

AUGEAN CHEMICALS – CLARK STREET, PAISLEY – FIRE

08/07/2017 at approximately 1900 hours a blaze was reported at clark street, paisley. Firefighters from all over Glasgow attended the fire at its height there were 11 appliances. Firefighters remained on scene into the wee small hours fighting small pockets for burning embers and to carry out damping down duties. The thick black smoke was drifted away from the scene it made for difficult conditions for both drivers locally and pilots departing from near by Glasgow Airport.

 

Photographs from Scottish Photography Productions.