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Glasgow Airport makes positive start to 2014

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Glasgow Airport makes positive start to 2014.

Passenger numbers up 6% in January 2014

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandGlasgow Airport has made a positive start to the year after more than 436,000 passengers travelled through its doors in January 2014, up 6% on the same period last year.

Domestic traffic grew by 4% benefitting from strong demand for Glasgow’s London routes whilst international grew by 9%, with airlines such as Lufthansa Regional, KLM, Jet2.com and Emirates all reporting an increase in demand.

January’s strong performance follows the news 2013 had been Glasgow Airport’s busiest since 2008 and it also marked the airport’s third consecutive year of growth.

Glasgow Airport also received a number of welcome announcements in January, including the launch of CityJet’s direct flights to Cardiff and confirmation Wizzair will add extra capacity on its Warsaw service for Scotland’s upcoming match against Poland as part of preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “January is traditionally a quiet month so it is very encouraging to have made such a positive start to 2014. Our growth was largely driven by demand for international travel, particularly long haul traffic which was up 10%, but it was very pleasing to see our domestic routes perform so well.

“2014 will present a fantastic opportunity to grow the inbound tourism potential of the city and we are committed to playing our part. Our preparations for the Commonwealth Games are now at an advanced stage and people will start to notice real changes within the terminal building in the coming weeks and months.

“Other large scale events such as the MTV Music Awards and the Ryder Cup will showcase Glasgow to the world and the recent confirmation that Hampden Park will host the London leg of the IAAF Diamond League was yet further good news for the city.”

Glasgow’s profile was given a fresh boost in January after it was named one of the top tourism destinations on the planet in 2014. Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading travel publishers, rated Glasgow alongside carnival capital Rio as a must-visit destination.

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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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