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AUGUST PERFORMANCE CAPS BUMPER SUMMER FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT

Sir Chris Hoy MBE, officially opened Glasgow Airports new look International arrivals.

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AUGUST PERFORMANCE CAPS BUMPER SUMMER FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT.

4.9% increase in August passenger numbers
Almost 2.5 million passengers during peak summer months

Glasgow Airport has reported another month of growth after more than 782,000 passengers travelled through its doors in August, representing an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period last year.

Sir Chris Hoy MBE, officially opened Glasgow Airports new look International arrivals.

Almost 2.5 million passengers used Glasgow Airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August – an increase of 2.8% on last year – ensuring the airport enjoyed its busiest summer in six years.

The airport made a strong start to August, which was its 19th consecutive month of growth, when thousands of athletes and officials returned home following what had been one of the most successful Commonwealth Games ever.

Other highlights included the unveiling by Jet2.com of further expansion plans for Glasgow. The airline will introduce four new routes, including direct flights to Prague, and a sixth based aircraft which will see it operate its biggest ever flying programme from Glasgow Airport in 2015.

Ryanair also confirmed it will operate direct flights to Carcassone in France and Chania in Crete bringing the total number of routes it will operate from Glasgow to nine. The airline will launch its new base in October.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “August was an extremely busy month for the airport and the city. We started the month by waving off the thousands of athletes who had descended on the city for the Commonwealth Games which were a resounding success. This was quickly followed by events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and the UDO World Street Dance Championships which attracted thousands of visitors to Glasgow.

“Despite the increase in numbers, it was one of our best summers in terms of operational performance with 99.6% of passengers passing through security in less than 10 minutes during the summer months.

“From a route development perspective we continued to strengthen our European network and provide passengers with greater choice with the addition of a number of exciting new destinations including Prague.”

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GLASGOW AIRPORT RECORDS BUSIEST JULY IN SIX YEARS.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT RECORDS BUSIEST JULY IN SIX YEARS.

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest July in six years after more than 840,000 passengers travelled through its doors.

Passenger numbers were up 1.1% compared to the same period last year ensuring the airport enjoyed its 18th consecutive month of growth. This news capped what proved to be an eventful July for the airport, a month in which it unveiled its new look international arrivals, welcomed the Commonwealth Games and confirmed Ryanair will establish a new base at Glasgow later this year.

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Other highlights included Virgin Atlantic confirming it will introduce direct flights to Las Vegas in 2015, Wizz Air adding services to the Polish cities of Katowice and Poznan, easyJet adding flights to Marrakech and Emirates launching its new first and business class lounge.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To have recorded our busiest July in six years was extremely pleasing but it was a memorable month for so many reasons. From a route development perspective, we made a number of significant announcements, none more so than the news Ryanair will join us in October.

“The highlight, however, was serving as the gateway to the Commonwealth Games which were a resounding success. It has always been the case that when the city does well, the airport does well and with events such as the World Pipe Band Championships, the Ryder Cup and MTV European Music Awards all still to come, both the city and the airport have much to look forward to.”

Ryanair will begin operations at Glasgow Airport on 26 October 2014. It will serve its two largest bases – London Stansted and Dublin – along with Derry, Riga, Warsaw Modlin, Wraclow and Bydgoszcz. It is expected that Ryanair’s 55 weekly return flights will generate more than 850,000 passengers per year, returning Glasgow Airport’s passenger numbers to pre-recession levels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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ROCCO 2013 Winners

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ROCCO 2013 Winners:

Friday the 15th Nov saw 16 awards presented at the 10th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Sponsored this year by Life Technologies who have their European HQ in Inchinnan, the sell-out crowd of 490+ celebrated at The Normandy Hotel hosted by ROCCO regular Fred MacAulay.

Chamber president Tom Johnston commented “it was a great night – a real celebration of the great businesses & people we have in Renfrewshire. I encourage all our 16 winners to use their ROCCO win in their own PR and share their good news with staff & clients. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, premier partners and companies that supported ROCCO 2013. For those that didn’t win I hope you will enter ROCCO 2014″.

The ROCCO 2013 winners are:

1. Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead – Glasgow Airport
2. Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group – Chivas Brothers
3. Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Rolls Royce
4. Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park – Rainbow Technology Systems
5. Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Spectrum Service Solutions
6. Outstanding Performing Business <5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems – Designline Creative
7. Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Sarkar Defence
8. Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company – Bray Controls
9. Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway – Engage Marketing & Communications
10. Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS – No Substitute for Life
11. International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Sarkar Defence
12. Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland – Craig Bickett (Tuckerbox)
13. Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Life Technologies
14. Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Carli’s Kindergarten
15. Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland – Ferguslie Pre-five Centre
16. Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Peter Beagley, intu Braehead

With entertainment provided by young artists from UWS MA in Songwriting and Performance and Loud’n’Proud, the event raised £10,000 for local charities & good causes including Accord Hospice and Sailability (Sailing for the disabled). Afterwards guests celebrated into the night at the after show party.

Renfrewshire Chamber themselves are officially short listed in the coveted UK Chamber of the Year award with the winner announced in London at a glittering awards ceremony at the end of November. The popular Chamber based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport has a growing membership at just under 600 companies and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

The twitter hash tag for any tweets on ROCCO 2013 is #2013Rocco (& #Rocco2013)

For more info on the ROCCOs please visit www.roccoawards.com

More images are available on the Chamber facebook page  – www.facebook.com/renfrewshirechamberofcommerce

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SECOND PHASE OF GLASGOW AIRPORT’S £17M INVESTMENT TAKES OFF

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SECOND PHASE OF GLASGOW AIRPORT’S £17M

INVESTMENT TAKES OFF.

The second phase of Glasgow Airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is now underway.

Earlier this year the airport unveiled details of its £17 million investment programme which will see large parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the Games.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Work was scheduled around the airport’s peak season and following the busy October week, contractors have now moved on-site to begin the refurbishment work. This will include the expansion and improvement of the international arrivals area, modernisations to the main check-in hall and £1.5 million will be spent on upgrading the toilet facilities.

Glasgow Airport has spent in excess of £21 million over the course of the past two years on capital projects designed to provide a better experience for passengers, however, this latest investment will ensure the airport is ready to play its part in what will be the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland will have ever hosted.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Our £17 million investment programme represents one of the most significant and comprehensive upgrades to the main terminal since it was first opened in 1966. The airport has changed dramatically since then and this is our biggest single investment since the launch of our £31 million Skyhub building in 2008.

“Next year represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Glasgow and Scotland to the world and we are fully aware of the important role we have to play in helping deliver a successful Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Year of Homecoming Scotland.

“For many visitors and members of the Games family, international arrivals will be their first impression of Glasgow and this is a particular area of focus for the coming months. We will be extending the international arrivals concourse, 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 already in place and work on retiling the hall is underway.”

Other aspects of the refurbishment work will include new flooring in the airport’s domestic pier, the instillation of new heating and ventilation systems in terminal two, and general improvements to the airport’s road network.

In July, Glasgow Airport launched its new brand and and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland. Designed by Paisley-based agency Designline, the logo is a contemporary twist on an iconic Scottish symbol. It depicts the head of a thistle sitting proudly above the letter G and the use of a solid blue colour adds to its distinctive Scottish feel.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “Through our continued investment and new logo, we are sending out a clear message that Glasgow Airport is committed to playing its part in the successful delivery of what will be the biggest sporting event in Scotland’s history, when Glasgow plays host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PASSENGER GROWTH CONTINUES IN OCTOBER

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PASSENGER GROWTH CONTINUES IN OCTOBER.

  • 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.

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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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Drama project takes centre stage with Glasgow Airport support

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Drama project takes centre stage with Glasgow Airport support.

A theatrical production which educates young people on the devastating effects of disability hate crime will be delivered in Renfrewshire schools.

An award of £4,900 from the Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund will allow the Paisley-based PACE Theatre Company to carry out the first phase of its ‘I Am Me’ initiative.

PACE founder and executive director David Wallace received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund.

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Mr Wallace spoke at the event about how the FlightPath Fund supported a previous PACE project to raise awareness of cyber bullying. Representatives of other organisations which have received financial support in the past also addressed the audience, which included MPs, MSPs and councillors.

The I Am Me play will be accompanied by discussion workshops and the intention is to raise awareness of what constitutes a disability hate crime, reduce the number of incidents and encourage more reporting of incidents.

PACE is working with partners Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland on the project, which will be delivered in schools, community groups and disability support groups. A steering group will be set up to seek the views of young people and disabled people which will influence the design and direction of the productions and workshops.

David Wallace said “More than a fifth of the population of Renfrewshire is classed as disabled or having a long-term illness. Too often people with a disability become the victims of crime because of that and appear to accept abuse as part of daily life.

“It is estimated that 97% of disability hate crimes go unreported and the purpose of I Am Me is to bring about a clearer understanding of the effect that incidents have on individuals, perpetrators and communities. We are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport for the financial support which allows us to get this project off the ground.”

Archie Hunter said: “I Am Me is a fantastic initiative and one that we are very proud to support. PACE is an extremely innovative organisation which uses theatre to engage with young people in Renfrewshire, raising awareness of serious issues in a way they can relate to. Disability hate crime is undoubtedly a big problem in our society and the PACE Theatre Company is to be commended for tackling it in a creative way.”

Amanda McMillan added: “It is important that the population around the airport can share in our success and it was very encouraging to hear from some of the groups who have benefitted from the Flightpath Fund. Listening to representatives of these organisations speak passionately about their work makes us even more determined to continue supporting our communities.”

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GLASGOW AIRPORT HELPS BRING LOCAL HISTORY TO LIFE

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GLASGOW AIRPORT HELPS BRING LOCAL HISTORY TO LIFE.

A local project which aims to digitally capture the history of parts of Renfrewshire has got off to a flying start following support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, a committee made up of local volunteers, is dedicated to promoting the history, culture and heritage of Inchinnan and its surrounding areas. The group plans to produce a digital archive and website containing details on a number of projects. The first of which is an oral history project about life in rural Inchinnan from the 1930’s onwards.

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Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions and the £1,020 donation from Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund will be used to purchase technical equipment for filming interviews and capturing scenic shots of the area.

The project, which will examine life through the decades, will gather information from residents and relatives and try to understand what it was like to live in the rural environment of Inchinnan farmlands. It will also focus on the development of Erskine community – which was built in the early seventies – and the impact it had on the local community and economy.

Ronald Leitch, head of security and terminal operations at Glasgow Airport, said: “This historical project is a fantastic community initiative and will definitely allow more people to learn about the history of the area. As a neighbour, Glasgow Airport is only too happy to offer assistance and get this exciting project off the ground.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson at Renfrewshire Council said: “Inchinnan Historical Interest Group is a good example of a community working together to promote the local history of the area. To do so, in such a public way is a terrific idea and demonstrates a great sense of community. I am sure the archive and website will prove extremely popular with residents of all ages.”

Bill McCallum, farmlands project leader at Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, said: “Talking to the various people we have interviewed for this project, has been very interesting and enlightening. Asking people to go back down their own memory lane is, in the main, a very pleasurable experience for them, and sharing that journey is both a privilege and rewarding for the project team. We are creating our own piece of history as there has never been an oral history of Inchinnan before, and receiving support from the FlightPath Fund is very encouraging to our project team.”

Once complete details of the project, which are expected to generate interest from local residents, schools and community groups, will be available from the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group’s website and will include photographs, video clips and interviews with residents living in the area during this time. Information will also be available at Inchinnan Parish Church.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

Picture: Glasgow Airport’s Ronald Leitch (centre) and Councillor Iain Nicolson meet members of the Inchinnan Heritage Interest Group, pictured with the camera is Bill McCallum.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PUTS £50,000 UP FOR GRABS

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GLASGOW AIRPORT PUTS £50,000 UP FOR GRABS

Charities and community groups have been granted an additional four weeks to apply for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The closing date for applications, originally Friday 18 October, has been extended to Friday 15 November.

Charities and community groups have been invited to compete for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe money will be given to the organisation which makes the most convincing case for a significant community project which will bring a lasting benefit to those living under the flightpath.

In order to be considered for the airport’s third Challenge Fund, applicants must demonstrate their project will lead to positive outcomes in at least one of three areas – education, employment and the environment.

On two previous occasions the Challenge Fund has awarded large sums to worthy projects. The community departments of Celtic and Rangers football clubs received £50,000 between them to enable educational youth football programmes to take place in Clydebank and Drumchapel.

This funding ensured 280 young people were able to benefit from more than 40 hours of coaching and workshops designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and sectarianism, while also increasing the number of young people taking part in physical activity.

And the charity Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) received £40,000 which allowed them to pilot a new project called Skills for Sustainable Tourism, which introduces young people to the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a local community group or a national charity delivering local projects to think of a really innovative and beneficial project which would not be possible without this level of donation.

“After two successful Challenge Funds in recent years we are confident this will generate a lot of interest. Through the FlightPath Fund we support a wide range of organisations and hopefully the applications we receive will reflect this diversity.”

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “The Skills for Sustainable Tourism project was very successful and would not have been possible without the Challenge Fund money. It’s fantastic that a high-profile business such as Glasgow Airport, which directly and indirectly supports thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality, both funded and participated in the programme.

“By committing so much of its money and time, Glasgow Airport showed it is willing to invest in the future of the young people in its community and the future of tourism in Scotland. Charities and community groups should be really excited that another Challenge Fund has been launched.”

The Challenge Fund is supported by money from the Communities Trust, formerly the BAA Communities Trust, which is the charitable arm of Glasgow Airport’s parent company.

The Communities Trust is one of the revenue streams which make up the airport’s FlightPath Fund, which was established in 2010 to ensure nearby communities share in the airport’s success.

It supports communities in those areas of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flightpath. Each of these four local authority areas is represented on the decision-making panel.

The FlightPath Fund has awarded in excess of £550,000 to more than 150 community groups and charities, and in 2012 made awards totalling more than £200,000.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the criteria below then why not apply?

To be considered a project must:

  • Create a significant and sustainable benefit to the community.
  • Yield positive outcomes in at least one of the following areas: education, employment and the environment.
  • Benefit a significant number of people.

Applications must:

  • Provide clear evidence that the project will fulfil a local need.
  • Provide clear evidence of the financial viability of the project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 October. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s decision-making panel will shortlist the strongest entries and the winner will be chosen by the trustees of the Communities Trust.

If you would like more information on the Challenge Fund or FlightPath Fund visit www.glasgowairport.com, e-mail flightpath@glasgowairport.com or write to FlightPath Fund, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew’s Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW

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PASSENGER GROWTH CONTINUES AT GLASGOW AIRPORT

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PASSENGER GROWTH CONTINUES AT GLASGOW AIRPORT.

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. Jet2.com 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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GLASGOW AIRPORT GEARS UP FOR BUSY OCTOBER GETAWAY

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GLASGOW AIRPORT GEARS UP FOR BUSY OCTOBER GETAWAY

Over 110,000 passengers expected this weekend 

Glasgow Airport is gearing up for its busiest weekend of the year, as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to take to the skies for the October holiday week.

More than 110,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between Friday 11 and Monday 14 October with many jetting off to popular sunspots such as Dubai, the Canary Islands, Turkey, the Balearics and Florida.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Airlines including easyJet, Thomson and Thomas Cook are all gearing up for the airport’s busiest weekend of the year, which surpasses the first weekend of the summer holidays in terms of passenger numbers.

Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to offer assistance and help guide passengers through check-in and security. There will be a range of entertainment and activities for children to ensure their holiday gets off to a great start, including treasure hunts, arts and crafts and a surfing simulator for the more adventurous.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “The October holiday weekend is the busiest of the year for our airlines and for many travellers, their holiday begins the moment they arrive at the airport. This year we expect to welcome more passengers than last year, and we will be creating a tremendous buzz in the terminal so that families can get into the holiday spirit as they pass through the airport.”

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, added: “This is going to be our busiest October half term weekend yet at Glasgow Airport.  More than 7,000 passengers are due to fly with us this year, an increase of 16 per cent on last year.  And with the Spanish hotspots of Tenerife, Alicante and Majorca being the most popular destinations, it certainly appears that families are using this school holiday to enjoy some family fun in the sun before the cold winter months really kick in here.”

Glasgow Airport has enjoyed a sustained period of passenger growth stretching back to January 2011 and recently reported its busiest summer in five years. Almost 2.4 million passengers used the airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.