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Paul McCartney returns to Glasgow for his first Scottish show in almost a decade today (Friday) and some talented local young people will be joining him on stage.

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The group from Paisley Grammar School have been selected to perform on stage at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow during the finale of Paul McCartney’s ‘Freshen Up’ show.

The twenty-four pupils from the school will join the Beatles legend to sing the chorus part of the Christmas classic ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ in front of a sold-out crowd of over 10,000 people.

Mollie Quinn, a third year pupil at the school said “We’re so excited to be given the opportunity to perform at the SSE Hydro. The whole group have been working really hard rehearsing.”

Second year pupil, Emma Loney added “It’s an amazing opportunity to be part of something special.”

Head of Expressive Arts at Paisley Grammar, Andrew Dickie said the pupils have been rehearsing very hard this week with only a couple of days’ notice to prepare. He added “To perform in the SSE Hydro in front of a sold-out crowd is a once in a lifetime opportunity – and a great way to end the term.”

Paul McCartney’s last concerts in London and Birmingham took place in 2015 and were part of his Out There world tour, which ran from 2013 – 2015.  His last visit to Scotland was in 2010 at Hampden Park.

Education and Children’s Services Convenor, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “This is an incredible opportunity for our young people to be involved in a large-scale production – something that very few people ever get to experience.

“Opportunities like this really showcase the wealth of talent we have in our Renfrewshire schools and I wish all the pupils the very best of luck.”


Venture Scotland awarded lump sum to ensure more than 60 pupils from 8 local secondary schools take part in life-changing outdoor personal development programme –


Sixty four pupils from eight secondary schools will take part in an outdoor personal development programme thanks to a lump sum award of £23, 398 from the FlightPath Fund.

The pupils, drawn from schools across Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and Dunbartonshire, will take part in Venture Scotland’s Etive Awards outdoor-based personal development programme next year.

The programme will take place throughout 2019 and includes an activity days at either Pollok Country Park or West Kilbride beach, rock climbing at Neilston Quarry, a three-day residential stay at a bothy based in the Borders and one-to-one sessions to help alleviate any challenges and issues faced by those pupils taking part.

Schools with pupils from the most deprived neighbourhoods will be offered the opportunity to take part in the programme, ensuring those most in need will benefit.

George McConnachie, Glasgow Programme Manager for Venture Scotland, said: “This funding allows us to specifically target pupils from the most vulnerable backgrounds and have an impact which is potentially life-changing for those involved. Our programme is aimed at those dealing with a range of complex issues who struggle in a classroom setting or are at risk of disengaging completely from formal education.

“Thanks to Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, those young people now have the chance to gain an accredited qualification whilst developing their skills and self-confidence.”

FlightPath Fund Chair Archie Hunter said: “Venture Scotland has built a strong reputation for delivering powerful and effective personal development programmes for some of the most socially and economically-disadvantaged young people in the country.

“The charity’s skilled staff and volunteers have helped thousands of young people to escape poverty, overcome the challenges they face to turn their lives around and to maximise their opportunities.

“We were very impressed with the charity’s application, particularly as it will offer this unique outdoor programme to 64 pupils at 8 schools based in the four local authority areas the FlightPath Fund serves.

“This award to Venture Scotland tops off what has been an absolutely tremendous year for the FlightPath Fund and the many local charities and community groups it has supported in 2018.”

In September this year the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund announced plans to award the £25,000 lump sum to one charity or organisation from Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire.

With the inclusion of the award made to Venture Scotland, the airport’s FlightPath Fund has awarded an impressive £165,000 in support to more than 80 local groups and charities across Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire.   

The dates for next year’s FlightPath Fund meetings are now available on the Glasgow Airport website. To find out more about applying for funding support, visit:

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Extra rotations this winter and next summer good news for business and leisure passengers on Scotland’s only air link with Romania –


Glasgow Airport has today (Tuesday, November 27) welcomed Blue Air’s decision to add a further services to Bucharest on the airline’s winter schedule this year and in summer 2019.

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The current winter schedule will increase from two flights per weeks every Thursday and Sunday to include an additional Monday service.


From April 5 next year the summer schedule will increase from three flights per week every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday to include an additional Friday service.


Blue Air’s Bucharest service was first launched at Glasgow Airport in 2015 and the Romanian city continues to be a popular destination for leisure and business travellers.


Paul White, Head of Aviation at Glasgow Airport, said: “Bucharest is one of Romania’s most

culturally-significant cities and is steeped in history. This stunning city is also Romania’s industrial and financial centre, so there continues to be a high demand for these flights from our passengers. 


“The Bucharest route is also very popular with Scotland’s thriving Romanian community, given it is Scotland’s only existing flight to the south eastern European country, so Blue Air’s decision to significantly increase its capacity is welcome news indeed.”


Both additional flights this winter and next summer are now on sale. To book visit:

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Ensuring the benefits of Renfrewshire’s ‘buoyant’ economy reach right across the region was the hot topic at the area’s annual Economic Development Conference yesterday (Tuesday 20 November 2018).
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More than 150 staff from jobs, skills and economic development agencies attended the popular conference organised by Renfrewshire Council’s economic development team Invest in Renfrewshire, held at Paisley Town Hall, which this year focused on tackling inequalities and delivering inclusive growth.
Delegates heard how Renfrewshire’s economy is greatly improved, with the highest employment rate across the Glasgow city region and more businesses generating a greater turnover than this time last year.
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They also learned about new developments and opportunities set to boost the economy even more, including a manufacturing innovation district being developed next to Glasgow Airport and £100million being invested to transform Paisley town centre and its cultural venues.
Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills delivered the keynote speech.
He said: “The Scottish Government recognises a strong, vibrant and diverse economy is essential to our national prosperity. We are committed to delivering inclusive growth and tackling the inequalities that prevent people from achieving their potential.
“We have invested £48 million to develop a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland. Located at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, it will provide support for manufacturing businesses, help to attract investment, and connect all of Scotland’s engineering universities and colleges.
“Our devolved employability support service, Fair Start Scotland, offers a distinctly Scottish approach where participation is voluntary for everyone who chooses to take part. We want the process of finding work and starting a new job to be seen as an opportunity and choosing to take the opportunity of support can’t be driven by fear of sanctions.”
Colleagues from Creative Scotland and the Council’s regeneration team outlined plans to develop Renfrewshire’s creative economy, while delegates also discussed the changing labour market.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire’s economy is buoyant, and this conference sees the organisations contributing to its success share best practice and consider the next steps.
“We’re helping more people find and sustain work and are working hard to create the conditions which bring new businesses to the area and enable established businesses to grow and innovate.
“Over the next five years we have made a long-term commitment to help people most in need into work and do more to support start-up and early stage businesses with exciting plans in place to grow the creative business sector and attract thousands of high skilled jobs in manufacturing.
“I am pleased that the conference focused on how best to achieve inclusive growth as this is central to improving the opportunities for current and future generations in Renfrewshire. It is vital the area’s economic growth benefits everyone and that’s why we are targeting our resources to communities facing deprivation and to help people unemployed and underemployed.”
Fast facts on the Renfrewshire economy
• Business incubator InCube supports the start-up of 300 new businesses each year
• Programmes to help people into work are rated the best performing in Scotland
• At 76.1%, our employment rate outstrips the entire Glasgow city region
• Weekly earnings for Renfrewshire residents are £28.50 higher than the Scottish average
• Hosting major events this summer boosted the local economy by £1.25million
• 80% of 16-64-year-olds are economically active, but by 2041, our working age population is expected to decrease by 2.1%
• Manufacturing provides employment to 11% of our total workforce with 358 different manufacturing sites in the area, including world-renowned Rolls-Royce and Diageo.
Photo 1 shows the Town Hall conference
Photo 2 shows (l-r): Ruth Cooper, Economic Development Manager, Renfrewshire Council; Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government; Alasdair Morrison, Regeneration Manager, Renfrewshire Council and Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board.
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The re-introduction of services to Alicante, Brussels, Malaga and Warsaw will take the airline’s total number of routes at Glasgow Airport to seven –


Glasgow Airport has today (Thursday, November 15) welcomed Ryanair’s decision to re-introduce four popular routes next year to Alicante, Charleroi in Brussels, Malaga and Warsaw.

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The return of these services, which are now on sale, will take the total number of routes operated by Ryanair at Glasgow Airport to seven.


Mark Johnston, Managing Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “Ryanair’s decision to bring back what were four popular routes is very welcome news indeed.

“The introduction of these services is hopefully a first step to Ryanair re-establishing a strong presence here and we are really pleased the airline recognises our position as the West of Scotland’s principal airport and gateway to the region’s huge market.

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“Ryanair cited that the continued lack of movement on proposals to cut Air Passenger Duty was a key factor in the airline’s decision to significantly reduce its operation at Glasgow Airport earlier this year.

“While we rightly celebrate the return of these services in addition to the three we retained at the time, it is worth remembering that at its peak Ryanair operated a further 16 routes which supported a significant number of jobs at its Glasgow Airport base.

“This regressive tax continues to put the country’s air services at risk and action must be taken to address this. That is why we are again calling on both the Scottish and Westminster governments to work together to break the current deadlock around Air Departure Tax.”

Flights to Warsaw will commence on Monday, April 1, with Alicante, Brussels and Malaga starting on Tuesday, April 2.


All four routes will operate on the following days:


  • Alicante to operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  • Malaga to operate Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Brussels Charleroi to operate Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Warsaw to operate Mondays and Fridays
Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston



– Updated plan to include improved Noise Insulation Scheme and flight tracking tool giving local residents online access to aircraft movements –


Glasgow Airport has today (Thursday, October 25) published its Noise Action Plan which sets out how the airport aims to manage and, where possible, reduce the effects of airport-related noise.

Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston

The airport is required to publish an updated Noise Action Plan every five years. The 2018-2023 plan has been produced based on feedback gathered from the local communities that neighbour the airport during a 13-week public consultation held earlier this year.


Glasgow Airport has developed a package of measures over a number of years designed to minimise and mitigate the adverse effects of noise.


In updating this latest plan, the airport took into account the latest research and policy on the adverse effects of aviation noise and has proposed the following key enhancements over and above the existing mitigation measures:


  • The development of an enhanced Noise Insulation Policy to mitigate noise for a significantly-higher number of residents from a wider area who are affected by aircraft noise
  • The introduction of a new WebTrak online flight tracking tool which will provide members of the public with a transparent view of aircraft flight paths and noise levels


Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “Operating such an important national asset comes with responsibilities, and in talking regularly with or neighbouring communities and stakeholders, we appreciate that airport-related noise is an important issue.


“Managing noise responsibly is not only an important part of our day-to-day operation, it also vital in making sure the airport is able to grow but in a manner that continues to balance the positive economic and social benefits our connectively ensures with some of the more negative effects such as noise.


“We have previously implemented a comprehensive package of measures which have helped reduce the airport’s noise footprint and remain committed to doing so.

“The feedback we received during the public consultation from local communities proved invaluable in shaping the Noise Action Plan, which I’m pleased to announce will include an enhanced Noise Insulation Policy that well benefit hundreds of households locally and our new WebTrak online flight-tracking system which is accessible via the Glasgow Airport website.  


Gil Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “I am really pleased that a noise insulation policy will be put in place that will tackle and reduce noise levels within hundreds of households in my constituency and I very much look forward to an early start to this initiative that will combat the effects of noise from aircraft.”


The Noise Action Plan is a requirement of the European Union’s Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EU and the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006.


John Bynorth, Policy and Communications Officer at the environmental charity, Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS), welcomed Glasgow Airport’s decision to use a ‘Web Trak’ online tool to enable households to check which actual flights are going over their homes.


He said the airport’s new guidelines on decibel levels formulated as part of its latest noise action plan would also benefit residents living close to the flight paths.


He said: “The Web Trak system, which is used by airports around the world, is an excellent initiative which utilises the latest technology to enable residents to have the most up to date information possible so they can assess the decibel levels caused by specific flights which travel near their homes.


“It will allow them to find out the details of a particular flight so they can establish how regularly it uses a particular trajectory and the decibel levels caused by that aircraft close to their home.


“This sort of forward thinking approach by Glasgow Airport provides additional reassurance for communities living under the flight-paths.


“The decision to lower the decibel threshold for the noise insulation scheme will also potentially benefit the lives of hundreds of households who may have concerns over aircraft noise.


“It shows that Glasgow Airport has listened to the views of residents in these communities during their consultation.”


A downloadable version of the Noise Action Plan 2018-2023 is available at:


Residents can continue to contact Glasgow Airport about noise using a Freephone telephone number – 0800 013 2429 – or by emailing


Messages will be responded to within three working days.

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More than 160,000 passengers expected to jet off on holiday this weekend in one of the airport’s busiest periods of the year


Glasgow Airport is gearing up for one of its busiest periods of the year today (Thursday, October 11) as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to jet off for the October holiday week.

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Over 160,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between today and Monday 15 October with many flying out to popular sunspots in the Canary Islands, southern Spain, Cyprus and Florida and city break destinations such as Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Dubai.

In anticipation of the busy period ahead, the airport and its airline partners will have extra staff on hand to help guide passengers, particularly those with young children, through check-in and security.

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director, said: “The October school break is easily one of our busiest weeks of the year as thousands of families head off for some much-need sun.

“This weekend in particular will be very busy and we are expecting to welcome an average of more than 30,000 people through our doors each day between today and Monday.

“To ensure our customers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport we will draft in more staff across the terminal over the weekend, while young children can enjoy a host of arts and craft activities hosted by the airport’s ambassadors in our designated Kids’ Zone on Friday and Saturday.

“As always during peak periods at the airport, we advise customers to arrive in plenty of time to get through check-in and security. This year we’ve also introduced a number of pre-security preparation areas to help passengers get ready in advance of entering our central security hall.”

On Tuesday, October 30, airline partner easyJet will launch its new Venice route. The twice-weekly service is expected to be very popular with Glasgow Airport passengers.

– More than 14,000 transatlantic flights since the service was launched in 1998 –


Glasgow Airport and United Airlines today (Thursday, October 4) celebrate 20 years of the popular New York/Newark route.

Since the first flight took to the skies to cross the Atlantic back in 1998, at that time under the banner of Continental Airlines, the route has carried more than 2.1 million passengers on over 14,000 flights between Glasgow and New York/Newark – gateway to the Big Apple and over 70 nonstop connections across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.


Operated by a 169-seat Boeing 757-200, the daily summer route will return on Tuesday 30th April 2019, to celebrate its 21st birthday at Glasgow Airport. The route is returning five days earlier than in previous years, offering greater travel choice for 2019.


Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing Development at AGS Airports Ltd, parent company of Glasgow Airport, said: “New York is one of Glasgow Airport’s most popular destinations, which is clear when you see that United Airlines has carried a phenomenal 2.1m passengers, not to mention some of Scotland’s most famous produce including whisky and sea food, during the last 20 years.


“We look forward to celebrating a further milestone when the route returns in April next year to mark 21 years of connecting Glasgow with New York and beyond.”


Commenting on 20 years of serving Glasgow, Bob Schumacher, United Airlines Managing Director U.K. and Ireland, said: “We are proud to serve Glasgow and the people of Scotland for all these years.  Since 1998, our service has allowed our customers from the west of Scotland to take advantage of our extensive route network from our New York/Newark hub to destinations across the Americas.”


Flight times for the direct daily Glasgow – New York/Newark service are as follows:


Glasgow to Newark – departs 0900 with 1135 arrival time in Newark (local)

Newark to Glasgow – departs 1940 with 0730 arrival in Glasgow

– Lump sum windfall to provide a lasting benefit to one charity or community group –


Charities and organisations have been urged to apply for a £25,000 lump sum from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund to help provide a lasting benefit for their community.

FlightPath Fund £25k launch
Photograph by Martin Shields
Tel 07572 457000
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The money will be given to a charity or community group based in one of the local areas, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, which currently fall under Glasgow Airport’s flightpath.


In order to be considered for the support, applicants must demonstrate positive outcomes in at least one of the three areas where the FlightPath Fund’s community investment is focused – education, employment and the environment.

Pictured, Cllr Iain Nicolson, Cafe Training manager Gerry Mullanoy and Cllr Bill Binks (Glasses).
Picture by Chris James 1/2/18

This is the second year in a row the £25,000 support grant has been made available through Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund. Last year, the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park, Paisley, was awarded the five-figure sum to transform its popular community café.  


The Fund’s chair, former KPMG Scotland head Archie Hunter, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a charity or community group from one of the areas we operate in to secure what is a significant financial contribution that will help them make a real difference.

“Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund continues to be a force for good in directly supporting a wide and diverse range of organisations across the west of Scotland.


“In addition to this lump sum, the Fund has awarded more than £100,000 so far this year to more than 50 local groups and charities doing wonderful work in their communities and often providing vital care and support to some of our most vulnerable citizens.


“Once again, I’d urge the many local groups and organisations in the areas we serve, including those which have previously received FlightPath Fund support, to grasp this opportunity and submit an application. The £25,000 on offer really could make huge difference to the people they support.”


The FlightPath Fund’s independent committee meets every two months to consider applications and includes elected representation from the local authorities for Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the following criteria please submit an application.


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, October 26th. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s committee will consider entries at the final meeting of the year on Friday, November 2, and announce details of the beneficiary group in due course.


To download an application, or to find out more about applying for support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, visit the website’s community section at: