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Glasgow Airport: Busiest March on Record

 

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GLASGOW AIRPORT CONTINUES MARCH TOWARDS RECORD ANNUAL PASSENGER NUMBERS

 

Airport reports busiest March on record  – up 9% on previous year

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest March on record after more than 660,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 9% on the same period last year.

The airport also created history after it exceeded 8.9 million passengers during a rolling 12 month period for the first time ever. The numbers ensure the airport remains on course to exceed nine million passengers during what is its 50th anniversary year.

International traffic grew by 11% due to strong demand on European routes to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Bucharest.  Aer Lingus also added capacity on its Dublin service and the airport welcomed Air France on board which launched its new service to its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Domestic traffic increased by 7.2% with Flybe, EasyJet and Loganair all adding extra capacity on services. British Airways and Ryanair also reported strong demand for their London services.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “Our performance during the first quarter of 2016 has ensured we’ve made what is our busiest ever start to a year. The fact we have achieved this in our 50th anniversary year makes it all the more pleasing.

“Our passenger numbers continue to benefit from Glasgow’s success in attracting large scale events, such as the World Irish Dancing Championships which saw over 5,000 competitors from 20 different countries descend on the city last month.

“We have also continued to strengthen our route network, particularly our links with major European cities, and the addition of one of the world’s major flag carriers, Air France, was a significant achievement. Providing a greater choice of direct routes not only opens up a host of new markets for Scottish passengers, it ensures Scotland is more accessible for the growing number of tourists who continue to visit our shores.”

 

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Paisley High Street reopening plans made available to public

Paisley High Street reopening plans made available to public

Plans to reopen Paisley’s High Street to night-time traffic are being made available for the public to view.

Earlier this year, councillors agreed to take forward plans to allow cars and taxis to access the High Street in the evenings in a bid to inject new life into the town’s night-time economy.

Currently, delivery vehicles are allowed on to the pedestrianised section of the High Street via Gilmour Street and County Square between 4pm and 10.30am.

Renfrewshire Council is working through the process of amending the existing traffic order to allow access to cars and taxis too.

Cllr Macmillan on Paisley High St

The council has already consulted with bodies including the emergency services and local community councils. The plans will now be open for public comments until Thursday 1 August.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Experience elsewhere suggests this type of scheme can help open up a town centre and boost the local economy.

“Of course, we would like to reassure the public that the safety of pedestrians is paramount. There are many examples of shared-surface streets in the UK where cars are allowed but people get priority.

“By opening up our High Street to traffic, we can have the best of both worlds – a shopping street during the day with access to the town’s nightlife in the evenings.

“This is a case of us trying something different and seeing what the impact will be.”

The plans came about after discussion between the council and local businesses, and have received backing from throughout the community.

Tom Johnston, president of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The existing road layout bisects the town centre and that could be to the detriment of local traders.

“We want to bring a greater sense of vibrancy to the town centre and we believe the town needs to experiment with schemes like this in order to do that.”

Copies of the plans will be available at Renfrewshire libraries and in the customer service centre at Renfrewshire House in Cotton Street, Paisley.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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