– Five Flights per Week in Autumn 2010 and Spring 2011

Icelandair is pleased to announce increased service from Manchester and Glasgow to Iceland and Icelandair’s connecting North American destinations. The increased service will run from 14th September to 26th October 2010 and 12th April to 6th June 2011 and adds one flight per week, on Tuesday, to the current autumn schedule from both Manchester and Glasgow. The increased service will result in five flights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Flights will operate as a “triangle route” using the following routing: Reykjavik (KEF) – Manchester (MAN) – Glasgow (GLA) – Reykjavik (KEF). The schedule fits into Icelandair’s “hub and spoke” system, allowing passengers to connect onwards to Icelandair’s North American destinations. The connection times to North America are short, resulting in elapsed flying times comparable or better than the competition.

Flight departs Reykjavik at 08:00, arriving Manchester at 11:35. Flight departs Manchester at 12:25, arriving Glasgow at 13:30. Flight departs Glasgow at 14:20, arriving Reykjavik at 15:40. These times allow for short and convenient connections to/from Icelandair’s destinations in the United States and Canada.

Hjörvar Sæberg Högnason, General Manager UK & Ireland, said, “We are pleased to expand our service from Manchester and Glasgow to Iceland and our North American destinations this autumn and next spring, two great times to visit Iceland, especially for those looking to save. This will provide our passengers with increased convenience and flexibility to travel to Iceland to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate, plus increase the options for connecting onwards to fantastic destinations like New York City, Boston, Seattle and more.”

Icelandair is one of Iceland’s longest established companies, connecting the world and Iceland for over 70 years. Icelandair flies from the UK to Iceland with connecting service to Boston, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Seattle and Toronto.

Visit www.icelandair.co.uk for further information on flights and packages.

FIRST OCCUPIER ANNOUNCED AT WESTPOINT BUSINESS PARK

Recently completed Westpoint business park will soon be welcoming its first occupier after the signing of a 10-year lease for more than 5,000 sq ft by a local shipping company.

Songa Shipmanagement Ltd, part of the Norwegian-based Blystad Shipping group, is the first occupier to take space at the Westpoint Business Park in Paisley, created by the Cart Corridor Joint Venture Company and delivered by global property group Goodman.

Songa’s 25 staff will relocate from Glasgow Airport Business Park in July 2010 to occupy the whole of Building 2 (5,216 sq ft) at Westpoint with 22 car parking spaces at a cost of £15.50 per sq ft.

Westpoint offers a flexible office environment and it’s close proximity to Glasgow International Airport and the M8 makes it an attractive location for both local businesses and those trading internationally. The business park is the first stage of a wider mixed-use regeneration scheme, which when completed will also incorporate modern community facilities and residential developments.

Niall McGilp, Goodman’s Regional Development Director in Scotland, said: “The arrival of Songa at the Westpoint Business Park is an important milestone for what is a significant investment into the regeneration of this part of Renfrewshire.

“Due to the site’s excellent location on junction 28 of the M8 and the significant investment in the area, there has been a strong level of interest in Westpoint. Songa’s arrival is the first in what we hope to be a series of good news stories for the business park.
“We look forward to welcoming the staff at Songa and making their move into the building as seamless as possible.”

From its building at Westpoint, Songa will be responsible for the operation of the company’s 25 strong fleet of vessels located throughout the world.

Stuart Gallagher at Songa Shipmanagement Ltd, said: “We are more than delighted with the standard of building provided. Due to our expansion it was deemed necessary to source new good quality premises and the assistance provide by both Goodman and Renfrewshire Council greatly assisted us in securing these premises.”

Council Leader Derek Mackay welcomed Songa Shipmanagement Limited to Renfrewshire commenting that he was “glad that we were able to help with an economic development support package and hoped that this would be the first of many new businesses attracted to the superb accommodation now available at Westpoint Business Park, adjacent to Glasgow International Airport.”

The Westpoint Business Park was opened by John Swinney MSP, cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth, in September 2009. Phase one of the park comprises 50,000 sq feet of modern office accommodation spread across five buildings; when fully developed, Westpoint Business Park will extend to over 200,000 sq.ft. of new business space.

Tim Jacobsen, Associate at property agents Ryden, added: “Securing Songa as the first occupier is excellent news for the park and the wider area. The high quality office accommodation on offer is well received by occupiers and is attracting a good amount of interest.”

The site was developed as part of a unique public/private sector partnership comprising Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Enterprise, RBS and Goodman.

Glasgow Airport is delighted to announce the appointment of Francois Bourienne as Commercial Director.

Francois will take charge of the airport’s Commercial Team, and assume responsibility for growing all aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue streams including retail, property and car parking.

He joins from the Nuance Group (TNG), one of the world’s leading airport retail companies, after spending four years at their European headquarters in Zurich. Francois, who is 34, has relocated to the West End of Glasgow with his wife Sheila and is looking forward to the challenges of a new role, city, lifestyle and culture.

He said: “I think the airport and the city have huge potential. There is a large catchment area and a strong tradition of long-haul and leisure flights, however I strongly believe that we must target more European city routes and routes that have inbound potential. We want people to start their journey in Scotland at Glasgow!”

Francois believes moving from an airport retailer to the ‘landlord’ gives him a unique insight and added: “The commercial side of the business also has huge growth potential and I believe that my previous experience will prove important during negotiations.”

Francois hails from Normandy and graduated from Lyon EM Business School where he specialised in finance and law. Thereafter he worked with strategy consulting firms Ormis and Accenture before studying for an MBA at INSEAD. He then worked for Bain and Company in Paris and joined TNG in Zurich in 2006.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, is delighted to have Francois on board. She said: “This is a fantastic appointment for Glasgow Airport as Francois has a very impressive track record with experience of both strategic and operational roles.

“I am convinced he has the drive and energy to succeed as Commercial Director by not only expanding our route network, but also by freshening up the other commercial areas of the business with some new ideas.”

Francois is currently holding a series of meetings with his new team and other senior operational managers at the airport so that he gains a detailed understanding of the opportunities and issues surrounding the business at this point in time.

He said: “Glasgow Airport has a reputation for operational excellence and a strong and experienced management team. I have also noticed a lot of positive energy in the commercial team, and hopefully I can add a new dimension to that.”

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Celebrate summer festivals in Scotland

Summer is a fantastic time to visit Scotland when regions across the country come alive with events. Every year the capital city of Edinburgh hosts several exciting festivals showcasing everything from opera to comedy, art, jazz, literary giants and music. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere in bars and cafes or book a week of fabulous entertainment. Agricultural shows are great for those who enjoy the country air while the Year of Food and Drink celebrates an array of sumptuous local produce.

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Bands check-in as Scotland’s latest music festival takes off…

Bands from across the country are about to check-in at Glasgow Airport for the launch of Scotland’s latest, and most unusual, music festival.

Launched on Thursday (15 July), ‘Airplay’ is Glasgow Airport’s festival of music, taking place over the next four weeks, with a prize of £1,000 for the most popular performer. It’s the first time a Scottish airport has hosted a series of summer concerts for passengers.

The Scottish gateway hopes to mirror the success of Austin Bergstrom Airport in Texas, which regularly hosts music events as part of the internationally renowned South by Southwest festival.

The competition will see 24 acts compete over a series of heats, with four acts going through to a live final on Thursday 12 August. A panel of independent judges will determine which act will be crowned Airplay winners and receive a cheque for £1,000.

Around 100 acts originally entered the competition. The remaining 24 – mostly from Scotland, with one act from Northern Ireland – will each perform three songs during a live set in front of passengers. The travelling public will get a chance to vote for their favourite acts using a specially designed webpage which can be accessed by visiting www.glasgowcityofmusic.com

Airport bosses have launched the festival to highlight Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music, awarded in 2008 because of the region’s rich musical heritage.

The west of Scotland has given rise to some of Scottish music’s biggest names, including Aztec Camera, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Glasvegas, Hue and Cry, Lulu, Texas, Travis and Paolo Nutini.

Glasgow Airport’s Terminal manager Mark Johnston hopes the event could become a regular feature in the city’s music calendar.

He said: “Glasgow Airport is always looking for innovative ways to entertain its passengers, and we think Airplay is the perfect vehicle. As well as providing free entertainment for passengers, Airplay is a fantastic showcase for young, aspiring bands who will get the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of passengers from around the world.

“We have been inundated with entries from across the country, and we’re delighted that Glasgow Airport is the first in Scotland to host a music festival of this kind. If all goes well, Airplay could become a regular event during the summer months.”

The event is being supported by UNESCO City of Music, The Academy of Music and Sound, production company Artist Media Ltd, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow based Creation Studios.

Louise Mitchell, Director of UNESCO City of Music, said: “Glasgow has a strong and proud musical heritage and Airplay is a fantastic way to celebrate the contribution the city has made, and continues to make, to the UK music scene.”

Damian Beattie, Manager of the Academy of Music and Sound in Glasgow, added: “This is a great initiative from Glasgow Airport and we’re delighted to have played our part in bringing the idea to fruition. We see real potential in this festival becoming a regular fixture in the city’s music calendar. It will really help to cement Glasgow’s status as the UK’s music capital.”

Mark Johnston added: “This is a unique event, made possible thanks to the support and enthusiasm of our partners, particularly UNESCO City of Music and The Academy of Music and Sound. There are sounds to suit every taste and we’re sure that passengers will enjoy the festival. Hopefully it will give our international passengers a fantastic last impression of the city and of Scotland.”

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NEW SHANNON SERVICE LINKS THE WEST COASTS OF SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

The first Aer Lingus Regional flight from Glasgow Airport to Shannon took to the skies today (Thursday).

The inaugural service linking the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland was announced only four weeks ago.

Aer Arann and Aer Lingus have joined forces to serve another top Irish destination under the Aer Lingus Regional moniker, after launching flights to Dublin and Cork earlier this year.

The service will operate daily from Glasgow Airport, with prices starting at £29.99 one way including taxes – visit www.aerlingus.com to book.

To mark the inaugural flight, all passengers boarding the flight were treated to complimentary drinks and snacks at the departure gate.

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Glasgow Airport buzzing for start of summer holidays

Scotland’s holiday airport is set to handle more than 100,000 passengers this weekend.

Holidaymakers from all over Scotland jetting off to the sun as schools finish for the summer will descend on Glasgow Airport, which serves a wide range of short, medium and long-haul leisure destinations.

Today (Friday) is Glasgow Airport’s busiest day of the year so far with around 33,000 passengers travelling through the airport.

From Friday to Monday the airport will handle around 110,000 passengers – slightly up against the same weekend in 2009.

The most popular sunshine destinations among Glasgow Airport passengers this weekend are Palma, Tenerife, Alicante and Dalaman. The most popular city routes are London, Amsterdam, Belfast and Dubai.

Some of the world’s largest and most successful airlines and holiday companies will operate from Glasgow this weekend including Thomson, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and easyJet.

New airline additions for 2010 at Glasgow Airport include Barrhead Travel and Kiss Flights, both of whom serve a range of popular mediterranean holiday spots.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Today is our busiest day of the year so far and it leads into the busiest weekend.

“It’s fantastic to see so many holidaymakers passing through the airport, particularly given the challenges faced by the aviation industry recently.

“It demonstrates that despite a slow recovery from the global recession, Scots do not want to give up their summer holiday.

“We are delighted to be the starting point for what many consider the highlight of their year, and with so many holiday flights from Glasgow we are looking forward to a lot of hard work over the next few days but also a fantastic atmosphere!”

For more information and the Glasgow Airport main website http://www.glasgowairport.com/

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Moving Glasgow Airport forward

all text used is from the official Glasgow Airport Page

With effect from Tuesday June 8 we are changing the way passengers and motorists access Glasgow Airport. You will start to see changes in the forecourt area from that date.

We’re investing £2 million to make it easier and safer for passengers to access the airport, with a new purpose built passenger drop-off zone opening close to the main terminal.

The new facility is a short walk from international arrivals and check-in, and will replace the temporary drop-off and pick-up zone in the multi-storey car park, introduced after the 2007 terrorist attack.

A canopy will link the new drop-off zone directly to the main terminal and flight information screens will provide live updates on all departing and arriving flights. Help points will be available for any passenger in need of assistance.

New arrangements are also being introduced for passenger pick-up and special provision has been made for passengers with reduced mobility.

Improved signage and landscaping will make it easier for passengers and motorists to find their way around the airport, and a new entrance will be created for the main multi-storey car park, improving access from the M8.

The investment will improve access and ease congestion at Glasgow Airport, while also providing an attractive facility for our passengers.

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Your questions answered

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At Glasgow Airport, we work hard to ensure our passengers have an easy, enjoyable journey through our airport. With the existing airport nearing capacity, we knew that major work was needed. So we have spent the last year and £31 million transforming our airport with a major new terminal extension. Now we can offer you more space to relax, a wider choice of bars, shops and restuarants, and state-of-the-art security equipment to speed you safely on your way.

This is just the start of our journey though. Over the next ten years, we will invest more than £200 million at Glasgow Airport, building a modern, 21st Century gateway for Scotland.

We’re very proud of what we have achieved so far and we’re looking forward making even more improvements over the next few years.

We hope you enjoy the new Glasgow Airport and wish you a safe, smooth journey through our airport.

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Read today on The Sun website that Jim Sheridan has some doubts about the future of Glasgow Airport, read the following post from the Sun newspaper and see what you think, its especially worrying as the Airport is a huge employer for the area and is an economic giant in the area.

THE collapse of Flyglobespan could be the latest pocket of turbulence to hit Glasgow Airport that sees it fall further behind its soaraway rival in Edinburgh.

Glasgow is much more reliant on the holidaymaker flights that the Scots carrier provided before its collapse.

It comes just weeks after the Scottish Government scrapped a plan to build a dedicated rail link to the Glasgow terminal.

And BAA – who own all of Scotland’s international airports – are facing a demand to sell off either Glasgow or Edinburgh to meet competition rules.

Company figures show that Edinburgh is not only larger and busier but it’s also attracting more investment.

Now business and political leaders are expressing their fears over Glasgow Airport.

Jim Sheridan, the Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “There is some concern as to the long-term future as a result of Globespan which follows the decision by the SNP not to invest in the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL).

“Management at Glasgow Airport assure me that it continues to be a profit-making business, which heavily invests in its infrastructure.

“Flyglobespan’s collapse is awful news and the airport’s thoughts are with staff and passengers, but they stress that out of the 12 destinations covered, 11 are being served by bigger airlines.” read more

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Did anyone see the United States Air Force Galaxy that was in Glasgow Airport today, I didnt personally see it but I heard it taking off…. An unusual guest at Glasgow Airport..

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