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AUGUST GROWTH ROUNDS OFF BUMPER SUMMER FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT

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AUGUST GROWTH ROUNDS OFF BUMPER SUMMER FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT

·        6% increase in August passenger numbers

·        2.4 million passengers during peak summer months

 

Glasgow Airport has reported another month of growth after 746,000 passengers travelled through its doors in August, representing an increase of 6% compared to the same period last year.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Almost 2.4 million passengers used Glasgow Airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August, ensuring the airport enjoyed its busiest summer since 2008.

Domestic and international traffic both grew by 6% during August and a number of airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, KLM and Wizz Air all reported an increase in demand.

Whilst much of the airport’s growth can be attributed to airlines adding extra capacity, it benefited from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s success in promoting the inbound tourism potential of the city and attracting a series of major events and conferences. Events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and the UDO World Street Dance Championships attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Glasgow during August.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We enjoyed an extremely busy summer with more than 125,000 additional passengers using the airport during June, July and August compared to same period last year.

“Not only was it our busiest summer in five years, it was one of our best in terms of operational performance. Despite the significant increase in numbers and a host of large scale events, 99.4% of our passengers passed through security in less than 10 minutes during the summer months.”

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. Both easyJet and Jet2.com have added extra capacity on their respective Amsterdam and Barcelona routes in response to Celtic’s progress in the Champions League.

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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.”

Book flights from Glasgow to Florida at www.virgin-atlantic.com.

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Virgin Atlantic reveals jumbo October schedule from Glasgow Airport

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Virgin Atlantic reveals jumbo October schedule from Glasgow Airport

Virgin Atlantic has announced additional capacity on its popular Florida flights from Glasgow Airport this October.

Almost 2,000 extra seats will be made available as a result of the airline’s decision to deploy a Boeing 747 aircraft on its Orlando route during the month.

This will allow Virgin Atlantic to meet the high demand associated with the school holiday week, which is traditionally one of Glasgow Airport’s busiest periods of the year.

The 455 seat jumbo jet will replace a 314 seat Airbus A330 for seven return flights in October, with Scots keen to visit the Sunshine State benefitting from a total of 1,974 additional seats.

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The Boeing aircraft also features the airline’s award winning Upper Class in addition to the Premium Economy and Economy products available on the Airbus, which is normally deployed by Virgin Atlantic on the Florida route outwith the peak months of June and July.

Edmond Rose, Virgin Atlantic’s director of commercial and revenue planning, commented: “October is proving to be an exceptionally busy month for Scottish holidaymakers travelling out to Florida. To meet this increased demand Virgin Atlantic has taken the decision to bring one of its Boeing 747 aircraft onto the route, adding a significant number of seats.

“We are working really closely with Glasgow Airport and hope to continue to increase capacity out of Glasgow.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Since launching in 2007 the Florida flights have been a huge success, carrying nearly 40,000 passengers in 2012, and we are very proud to have such a strong brand as Virgin Atlantic here at Glasgow Airport.

“Florida is a popular destination among Scottish holidaymakers and the decision to increase capacity on this route through the use of a larger aircraft is a clear demonstration of Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to the Glasgow market. We will be working closely with the airline to ensure capacity continues to rise.”

Find out more here www.glasgowairport.com and www.virgin-atlantic.com