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Europe Airpost Dec 13


French airline Europe Airpost has announced a series of scheduled flights linking Glasgow Airport with Halifax, Canada in summer 2014.

It will be the first time Halifax, which is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport since 2009. Europe Airport will operate a weekly service during July and August.

Europe Airpost Dec 13

The busy Atlantic seaport of Halifax looks out over one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is described as the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

Europe Airpost will deploy a two class Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 128 seats – 24 in premium economy and 104 in economy – on the route.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, added: “Canada and Scotland share rich historic and cultural links and as a result, demand for any route between the two countries is always extremely high. We are delighted Europe Airpost has restored Halifax to our route network and it will provide new capacity during one of our busiest periods of the year.”

Jean-François Dominiak, chief executive of Europe Airport, said: “The launch of this new route meets Europe Airpost’s strategy of diversification with the operation of series of scheduled flights. The Boeing 737-700 aircraft of the company perfectly suits the needs of a summer transatlantic connection between Glasgow and Halifax.”

Flights will go on sale in early January through with prices starting from £499 return trip, including taxes and baggage.

Glasgow Airport

With some 30 airlines serving more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa 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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  • Month sees 2.6% growth in passenger traffic

Glasgow Airport reported its ninth consecutive month of year-on-year growth in October, with 714,000 passengers representing an increase of 2.6% compared to 2012.

It is the first time the airport has handled more than 700,000 passengers in October since 2009.

Domestic traffic grew by 3.2%, with strong demand on London and UK regional services driven by an increase in business travel.


International traffic rose by 2.1%, with traditionally popular sunshine destinations proving popular with holidaymakers during the school holiday week and a strong demand for North American services.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To record nine months of consecutive year-on-year growth is very encouraging. Our busiest weekend of the year falls in October when thousands fly out for the school holiday week, and this year it was a great success. Our operational teams, airlines, retailers and other business partners deserve huge credit as their effort and commitment is crucial in handling such a large volume of traffic.

“easyJet confirmed in October it will strengthen its route network by adding two new destinations from Glasgow Airport, with flights to the Croatian coastal city of Split and the Greek island of Kos commencing in 2014. We also continue to see the benefits of new capacity which has been added in the last 12 months, like that created by Wizz Air’s Polish services and Lufthansa’s connection to Düsseldorf.

“The second phase of our extensive £17 million investment is now underway, which will transform large areas of the terminal ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. We will extend the international arrivals area, adding new seating and landscaping a new public space at the front of the building. Passengers will also notice changes in the check-in hall where hoardings are in place and retiling work is underway.

“Other aspects of the refurbishment include new flooring in the airport’s domestic pier, the installation of new heating and ventilation systems in terminal two, and general improvements to our road network and airfield.”

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3.8% increase in September passenger numbers

Glasgow Airport has reported another month of growth after 765,000 passengers travelled through its doors in September, representing an increase of 3.8% compared to the same period last year.

The continued increase in passenger numbers follows the news the airport had enjoyed its busiest summer in five years.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Domestic and international traffic grew by 5.5% and 2.6% respectively during September and a number of airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, easyJet and KLM all reported an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is very encouraging to be able to follow what was our best summer in five years with further passenger growth in September. There were a number of events within Glasgow during September, including the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference, which contributed to a strong demand for domestic services and with the SSE Hydro now open, the city can look forward to attracting even more large scale events.

“We have made a positive start to October and we are currently preparing for what will be our busiest weekend of the year. More than 110,000 people are expected to pass through our doors this weekend for the start of the October school holiday week, which will mark the end of the busy peak season. Our attention will then turn to progressing our £17 million investment plans which will see large parts of the terminal undergo a major makeover ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport.”

Glasgow Airport has received a number of welcome airline announcements including confirmation from Icelandair it will increase seat capacity by 25% with the introduction of an additional weekly service in 2014. also announced significant growth plans for Glasgow Airport with the addition of a fifth dedicated aircraft and 130,000 more seats for summer 2014.

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Virgin Atlantic to add 14,000 extra seats from Glasgow Airport in 2014

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Virgin Atlantic to add 14,000 extra seats from Glasgow Airport in 2014

Virgin Atlantic has announced an increase in capacity of more than one third on its popular Florida flights from Glasgow Airport in 2014.

More than 14,000 extra seats will be available after the airline confirmed it will deploy a Boeing 747 aircraft for the duration of its 2014 programme.

The move means that up to 54,600 Scots will be able to travel direct from Glasgow to the Sunshine State in 2014, compared to the 40,420 seats on sale this year.

The 455 seat jumbo jet will replace a 314 seat Airbus A330 for 60 return flights between April and October. In previous years it has been used only during the peak months of June and July when Scottish schools are on holiday.

Last month Virgin Atlantic announced it would deploy the larger aircraft on the route, which serves Orlando International Airport, during the month of October this year for the first time to meet additional demand around the school holiday week.

The Boeing aircraft features the airline’s award winning Upper Class cabin, in addition to the Premium Economy and Economy products available on the Airbus.

Edmond Rose, Virgin Atlantic’s director of airline planning, commented: “Since we launched our Glasgow services six years ago we have seen a steady increase in demand and we are delighted to bring our iconic Boeing 747s on to the route for the full summer season.

“Glasgow is an extremely important market for Virgin Atlantic and we are working really closely with the team at Glasgow airport and as we continue to grow demand for Virgin Atlantic’s flights from Scotland.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “Our partnership with Virgin Atlantic has been a huge success story. Since the Florida flights began in 2007 passenger numbers have grown every year, and Virgin Atlantic has continued adding extra capacity to accommodate the increasing number of Scots travelling to Florida.

“That Virgin Atlantic is increasing capacity for 2014 by more than a third is a fantastic boost for Glasgow Airport and Scotland. The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft and we are delighted it will carry thousands more Scots on their summer holiday next year.”

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Glasgow Airport lands direct Lufthansa service to Düsseldorf

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Glasgow Airport lands direct Lufthansa service to Düsseldorf

Glasgow Airport is to further strengthen its route network after Lufthansa Regional confirmed it will launch a direct service to Düsseldorf in April 2013.

LH RegionalIt is the first time Glasgow Airport will have served Düsseldorf, which is located in the heart of the prosperous Rhine-Ruhr region, in 20 years and the launch of the route will also mark the return of the Lufthansa network to Glasgow.

Lufthansa Regional will initially operate six flights per week with the inaugural flight taking off on 8 April 2013 and it will increase to a daily service week commencing 24 June 2013.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The introduction of Lufthansa Regional’s Düsseldorf service is fantastic news for Glasgow Airport as not only will it result in a direct, daily flight to one of the wealthiest regions in Europe, our passengers will once again have access to the extensive onward connectivity offered by the Lufthansa network.

“Both Düsseldorf and Glasgow are economic powerhouses in their own right and whilst there will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service from within the business community, it will prove a big draw for leisure travellers and has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow.

“If we are to further enhance Scotland’s global connectivity then Glasgow must have links with European hubs such as Düsseldorf and we are looking forward to working with Lufthansa to ensure the success of this route.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Lufthansa Regional’s new route between Düsseldorf and Glasgow, which has been supported through the council’s Air Route Development Fund, is a major boost for the city. Germany represents the largest international market for Glasgow with more than 71,000 trips made each year by German visitors who generate more than £19 million for the local economy.

“The benefits of this new service are two-fold. Firstly, it presents us with a significant opportunity to grow short-break leisure tourism from Germany. Secondly, increased access is a key driver in attracting more delegates to the conferences that meet in Glasgow and this vastly improves the city’s international competitiveness by providing passengers with greater worldwide connectivity through the Lufthansa network.

“Landing this new service has been the result of strong partnership working in recent months, which has included Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Airport, the German Consulate in Glasgow, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and VisitScotland. It is through this partnership approach that we will continue to develop sustainable airline routes into Glasgow – ensuring that Glasgow International Airport remains Scotland’s leading business and leisure gateway – and connect the city to the global marketplace.”

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is really excellent news. It gives Glasgow direct flight access to one of the most important industrial centres of Germany in North Rhine Westphalia with an 18 million population, including four of Germany’s largest cities – Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Essen – and nine of the top 20 urban centres in the country.

“From a business perspective, the Ruhr-Rhine region is one of the best known industrial centres in the world with many leading German companies like ThyssenKrupp headquartered there. We congratulate the team at Glasgow Airport on securing another important trading connection to add to many others – such as the Emirates double daily route to Dubai – that they have won this year.”

Lufthansa is a founding member of the Star Alliance network which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

Lufthansa Regional’s direct flights to Dusseldorf are currently on sale at

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Scotland’s only direct flight to Guernsey announced for summer 2013


Scotland’s only direct flight to Guernsey announced for summer 2013

Channel Islands Travel Group today announces the launch of a new air route from Glasgow Airport to Guernsey for summer 2013.

It means Scotland will be served by a direct link with the island, which lies just off the coast of Normandy, for the first time in several years.

The service will operate every Saturday between June 29th & September 14th 2013 using a 46 seat ATR-42 aircraft with a flying time of two hours.

guernseyThe route will be sold exclusively by C.I. Travel Group’s well-established consumer brands that include Airways Holidays and It will also be used by Guernsey hoteliers who wish to offer their own clients from the Glasgow area a direct flight to the island.

Robert Mackenzie, Managing Director of the C.I. Travel Group, said: “We are delighted to have concluded negotiations for the launch of a new service from Glasgow Airport to Guernsey for summer 2013.

“C.I. Travel has always had a strong presence in Scotland but it has been some years since Scottish visitors were able to travel directly to Guernsey. We believe that this new opportunity to visit the Bailiwick for a holiday and fly direct from Glasgow will prove very popular.”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Guernsey is a popular destination among Scottish travellers and it is therefore great news that they will be able to fly direct from Glasgow Airport next summer instead of taking a connecting flight.

“We look forward to working closely with C.I. Travel to make their 2013 flight programme a success.”

Holidays can now be booked exclusively through C.I. Travel Group’s website or via travel agents in the UK.

For further information regarding the contents of this news release please call 01534 496644 and speak to Robert Mackenzie, Managing Director C.I. Travel Group.

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Visit Santa in his Arctic Kingdom

Visit Santa in his Arctic Kingdom… just for a day from Glasgow Airport

The UK may be in the grip of belt-tightening but despite the economic gloom you can still treat your children to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit Santa in True Lapland this Christmas.

Transun, the UK’s leading operator of Santa trips to Lapland, is laying on extra day-trip flights in December, including a number of flights from Glasgow airport, due to their success last year, ensuring that you can still see the thrill on your children’s faces when they visit the grand old man in person – without breaking the bank.

Families on Transun’s day trips will take a ride on a Reindeer sleigh, go on an exciting husky sled journey, ride through breathtaking arctic scenery on a snowmobile and take part in a thrilling search for Santa, before finally meeting the big man himself. And they will still be back home in time for supper.

Nico Kostich, Transun’s Head of Sales and Trading, said: “Day breaks are the recession’s alternative to big-budget holidays. People don’t want to sacrifice their family holidays but at the same time perhaps can’t afford to travel for a long period of time.

“Transun offer an affordable way to create precious family memories, without breaking the bank.”

Transun’s day breaks start from only £399 per person and are operating from Glasgow airport on the 17th and 21st of December, right next to Christmas time to really get the excitement flowing. Transun is the UK’s leading operator of Santa breaks, with over 15 years’ experience operating to Lapland.

“Our packages are all-inclusive, with meals, rides and snow activities included,’ says Mr Kostich. “The private meeting with Santa will provide precious and magical memories, despite the recession.”

And for families that want to linger a little longer in Santa’s Lapland, Transun is also offering a competitively priced short break from Glasgow Airport during the Christmas period, for three nights.

Issued by Glasgow Airport on behalf of Transun.

About Transun:

Transun is a privately owned specialist tour operator established in 1982, concentrating on niche holidays for discerning customers.

Its programmes include Santa’s Lapland, Arctic Spirit, Day Breaks and a brand new Arctic Summer programme.

Transun is a member of ABTA and offers ATOL protection, and holidays can be booked through travel agents or direct, by phone and online.

For more information please contact:

Nico Kostich
T: 01865 265200

Sophie Plateau
T: 01865 265200

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Icelandair Increases Service from Manchester and Glasgow

– Five Flights per Week in Autumn 2010 and Spring 2011

Icelandair is pleased to announce increased service from Manchester and Glasgow to Iceland and Icelandair’s connecting North American destinations. The increased service will run from 14th September to 26th October 2010 and 12th April to 6th June 2011 and adds one flight per week, on Tuesday, to the current autumn schedule from both Manchester and Glasgow. The increased service will result in five flights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Flights will operate as a “triangle route” using the following routing: Reykjavik (KEF) – Manchester (MAN) – Glasgow (GLA) – Reykjavik (KEF). The schedule fits into Icelandair’s “hub and spoke” system, allowing passengers to connect onwards to Icelandair’s North American destinations. The connection times to North America are short, resulting in elapsed flying times comparable or better than the competition.

Flight departs Reykjavik at 08:00, arriving Manchester at 11:35. Flight departs Manchester at 12:25, arriving Glasgow at 13:30. Flight departs Glasgow at 14:20, arriving Reykjavik at 15:40. These times allow for short and convenient connections to/from Icelandair’s destinations in the United States and Canada.

Hjörvar Sæberg Högnason, General Manager UK & Ireland, said, “We are pleased to expand our service from Manchester and Glasgow to Iceland and our North American destinations this autumn and next spring, two great times to visit Iceland, especially for those looking to save. This will provide our passengers with increased convenience and flexibility to travel to Iceland to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate, plus increase the options for connecting onwards to fantastic destinations like New York City, Boston, Seattle and more.”

Icelandair is one of Iceland’s longest established companies, connecting the world and Iceland for over 70 years. Icelandair flies from the UK to Iceland with connecting service to Boston, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Seattle and Toronto.

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