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Glasgow Airport Enjoys Busiest June In Five Years

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Passenger numbers up 5.4% in June 2013

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 775,000 people travelling through the airport in June 2013, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe marked increase in numbers ensured the airport was able to enjoy its busiest June in five years and maintain its pattern of consistent passenger growth which has stretched back to January 2011.

There was a strong demand for domestic traffic which grew by 5.7% and the start of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2% increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone with many heading to popular sun-spots such as the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey.

Glasgow Airport’s long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai all enjoyed an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight with news of further passenger growth.”

On Wednesday 10 July, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its £17 million investment programme with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Inaugural Thomson 787 Dreamliner flight takes off from Glasgow Airport

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Inaugural Thomson 787 Dreamliner flight takes off from Glasgow Airport

Monday 8 July 2013: Thomson Airways, the first UK airline to fly the new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner today celebrated the departure of the inaugural long haul flight to Cancun, Mexico from Glasgow airport.

thomson1Thomson operated flight TOM 518 with its brand new 787 plane which departed Glasgow Airport at 09:40am with 291 customers on board – its first ever transatlantic flight since taking delivery in May. The occasion was celebrated in true Scottish style with customers welcomed at the gate with bagpipers and Highland dancers.

The Dreamliner is set to revolutionise air travel and leave holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before, with comfort and wellbeing features on-board reducing the effects of jet-lag. It can also fly much further distances than similar-sized aircraft and is more environmentally friendly, using 20% less fuel.

Thomson Airways will fly the state-of-the-art aircraft from Glasgow on long haul routes to Sanford, Florida and Cancun in Mexico, and will add Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to its service from summer 2014. The aircraft will also fly from London Gatwick, Manchester and East Midlands airports.

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways comments: “After much anticipation we are delighted to welcome the 787 Dreamliner to Glasgow. This is a key milestone for the company and as the first airline in the UK to take delivery we hope our customers will enjoy the unique experience of this revolutionary aircraft.

“The introduction of the Dreamliner is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience. Customers travelling from Glasgow will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service – all of which will ensure the Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.

“The extended flying range of the Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, increasing the range of long haul destinations available with Thomson Airways, from four UK airports this summer.”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner is a tremendous honour and something we’re extremely proud of. Not only with the new state-of-the-art aircraft offer passengers a unique flying experience, it will open up new possibilities for the long haul market from Glasgow Airport and we are looking forward to working with Thomson to ensure the Dreamliner realises its full potential.”

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is exciting to see the 787 Dreamliner make its first flight from Scotland and I am sure that all of those on board will have the best start to their holiday.

“We want to see more direct long haul flights from Scottish airports and having this state of the art aircraft depart from Glasgow is very encouraging, especially as this aircraft is suited to routes from regional airports because of its long range.”


Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Glasgow Airport has a proud history of pioneering aviation developments and this is another important milestone. The first flight of the Dreamliner in Scotland is a notable event in itself and, in the longer term, will boost travel options for passengers and strengthen the economic impact of Glasgow Airport in the regional and national economy. This is very positive news.”

The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers. Premium Club will seat 47 in a 2-3-2 configuration, each with a 38” pitch, and Economy Club will seat 244 in a 3-3-3 configuration, each with an industry leading 33” or 34” pitch.

Thomson Airways will be taking delivery of eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners in total, up to May 2015. Thomson’s first long-haul Dreamliner flights will operate from Manchester to Florida and Glasgow to Cancun, today, 8th July.

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New Dreamliner named at Glasgow Airport

Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow Airport

A Glasgow woman has won a ‘dream’ flight on a state-of-the-art new aircraft which will make its maiden voyage from the city’s airport next year.


Thomson Airways has revealed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be named ‘Living the Dream’ after inviting suggestions on Twitter.


Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow AirportNicola Thomson’s idea was chosen from more than 2,000 entries and she recently visited Glasgow Airport to unveil the name on a model of the futuristic aircraft, in advance of the real thing arriving in May 2013. The judging panel was moved by the story behind Nicola’s entry, which she dedicated to Great Britain’s sporting achievements this year and her own personal triumph recovering from neuro surgery.


As well as naming the Dreamliner, Nicola will experience it for herself when Thomson becomes the first UK airline to take delivery of the aircraft next year. Glasgow Airport will also be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner, with Thomson operating weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico, and Sanford, Florida.


Nicola said: “I’m thrilled to name such an amazing plane. I wanted to propose a name that summarises the unique experience for passengers on board Thomson’s Dreamliner and was inspired by what an amazing year 2012 has been – from the inspiring Olympic and Paralympics achievements and for me on a personal level after surviving neuro surgery. After a full recovery I feel fantastic and can’t wait to celebrate naming the Dreamliner with a trip on board. I really do feel like I’m ‘Living the Dream’!”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Nicola’s story clearly made an impression and we are delighted for her. To be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner is a huge honour for us, and it is all the more special that the first one to operate on these shores has been named in Glasgow. The Dreamliner is at the cutting edge of aircraft design and it will provide Scottish passengers with a unique flying experience.”

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the public to #nameourplane when judging the entries. However, we were moved by Nicola’s inspiring story which meant that ‘Living the Dream’ really stood out. We’re delighted to be the first UK airline to fly the 787 Dreamliner and its arrival marks an exciting time for Thomson Airways and our customers. It was only fitting to name one of these revolutionary aircraft in an equally innovative way.


“Nicola not only gets to name of our state-of-the-art aircraft, but will also fly on-board and enjoy a host of ground-breaking features designed to make her in-flight experience more enjoyable. We feel that this is the perfect way to give something back to our customers and make one of them a part of our history as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

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