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  • 2015 passenger numbers up by one million
  • Busiest December on record

Glasgow Airport has reported its largest ever annual increase in passenger numbers after more than 8.7 million passengers travelled through its doors in 2015, representing an annual increase of 13% – over one million additional passengers.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport May 2015 (1)


The airport, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, experienced unprecedented growth during each month of 2015, ensuring it was able to record its fifth consecutive year of growth and return its passenger numbers to pre-recession levels.

Over the past 12 months the airport announced 30 new routes and services, significantly strengthened its connections to major European cities and cemented its position as Scotland’s principal long haul airport.  The new services led to uplifts in both international and domestic traffic over the year – up by 16.8% and 9% respectively. The airport was also classified as one of the fastest growing airports in Europe by airport trade body ACI Europe.

More than 569,000 people travelled through the airport in December 2015 – an increase of 10.1% on 2014 figures – seeing the airport report its busiest December on record.  International traffic grew by 16.4% while domestic was up by 5.3%.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2015 was exceptional in so many respects and we start our golden anniversary year in an incredibly strong position.

“Welcoming an additional one million passengers through our doors last year was a huge accomplishment, but by far the most pleasing aspect was the extent to which we bolstered our connections to European cities such as Budapest, Prague, Milan and Bucharest.

“2016 marks the airport’s 50th anniversary and we are determined to ensure this year makes the history books.  Over the coming months we will welcome two major flag carriers in the form of Air Canada Rouge and Air France, and a new service to Montreal will commence with Air Transat. With these airlines, and others, coming on board we anticipate that 2016 will be our busiest year ever – topping nine million passengers for the first time in our history and putting us on a trajectory towards 10 million.

“As well as developing our growing route network, we will also continue to invest in our terminal and facilities in 2016 and will shortly unveil details of our terminal redevelopment plan.”

December’s performance ensured Glasgow Airport ended what was a hugely successful year on a high. As well as announcing a new daily service to Paris Charles de Gaulle with Air France starting in March, new services to Milan, Salzburg and Bucharest got underway, and Virgin Atlantic announced it will begin a new service to Orlando for winter 2016.

In 2015 Glasgow Airport secured three major industry accolades – UK Airport of the Year, Scottish Airport of the Year and the Best Airport in the UK with 3 -10 million passengers. Throughout the year, 99.21% of passengers travelled through security in under 10 minutes.

Traffic summary

December 2015

Terminal passengers


% change Total passengers for Jan-Dec 2015 % annual change
569,411 10.1% 8.714 million 13%


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Pirates recorded their biggest win of the season against a plucky Kimarnock side who, in spite of being heavily outgunned for most of the game, kept going until the final whistle.paisley pirates

The visitors got a taste of what was to come as, in the space of four minutes, Fraser Campbell had scored a straight hat trick by the eighth minute to put his side three ahead, and with Chris Wilson netting a short handed effort soon after, the writing was very definitely on the wall for the Ayrshire side. Johnston got a fifth for the hosts with eleven minutes on the clock, and the flow of play was very definitely towards Bealing in the away goal, Campbell netting his fourth of the night with just over two minutes remaining in the period to send the teams in with Pirates already out of sight at 6-0.

There was a shock, however, for the home side at the start of the second period as with Storm playing off a penalty, the visitors got on the score sheet through a speculative shot by Chubb which deceived everyone to finish behind Meechan and put them on the scoreboard. This goal appeared to do little to shake Pirates out of their lethargy, however, and Storm briefly had more of the play, before Riddell restored the six goal differential just before the halfway point, and an eighth goal by Campbell, his fifth of the night, emphasised the hosts’ overall superiority by the second break, with the score standing at 8-1.

The second interval appeared to give coach Ian Turley the chance to have a word with his side, and when they came out for the final session normal service was resumed, as Miller fired an unsaveable bullet past Bealing within 90 seconds to take the score to nine. Wilson clocked up the double figure marker five minutes later, and Crawford got on the score board within a few minutes, before Campbell netted his double hat trick goal after fifty three minutes to bring up the round dozen. Pirates weren’t finished, though, and Thorp netted within seconds to bring up unlucky thirteen for the Storm, Orr rounding off the scoring with under two minutes left to take the count to 14-1. The action wasn’t finished, however, as with only ten seconds remaining Pirates’ youngster Dillon Robertson picked up a Game Misconduct, and within seconds Robert Henderson followed him into the dressing room for an alleged Check to the Head.

Pirates will take confidence from racking up a big win at home, but now face the potentially hazardous trip to Ardrossan on Saturday to play the in-form North Ayrshire Wild

WOMEN across Glasgow are being urged to get the New Year off to a great start by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2016.

The charity is calling on women of all shapes and sizes to show cancer who’s boss and fight back against this devastating disease by taking part in Race for Life on Sunday May 22 at Glasgow Green where the 5K starts at 9.30am. Although many see January as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter in terms of health and fitness, motivation can drag as the cold weather drags on. That’s where Race for Life comes in. Women who enter now can create their own compelling goal to aim for this spring when the warmer weather makes staying on the sofa less tempting.

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Claire Wase, Cancer Research UK’s event manager for Glasgow said: “We’re proud that Glasgow hosts one of the largest Race for Life events in the whole of the UK.

“Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women to commit to get a little more active. Race for Life events are non-competitive. Taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. The atmosphere is incredibly supportive. Pledging to take part alongside thousands of like minded women is a great motivation to get fitter. Planning to raise money for life-saving research could prove more of an incentive to get up and get moving than the usual New Year’s resolution to shift the post-Christmas pounds.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer. It’s also an emotional and moving way to pay tribute to those dear to us whose lives have been cut short by the disease. Our participants make Race for Life a truly uplifting, inspiring experience. That’s why we’re calling on women of all ages to sign up now, to pledge to stand together, shoulder and shoulder, on the front line against cancer. Together, we can unleash a powerful fighting spirit to stop cancer in its tracks.”

Last year, around 10,118 people took part in Race for Life Glasgow and raised more than £550,760, a key part of a fantastic £2.3 million raised by Race for Life events across Scotland. This year organisers are appealing for even more women and girls to stride out to help beat cancer sooner.

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Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland* and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 30,200 cases each year.** Everyone is special, everyone is somebody’s mum, dad, brother, sister, friend or colleague. And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on women of all ages, shapes and sizes to fight back against this devastating disease by entering a Race for Life event in Scotland.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Cancer Research UK spends around £31 million a year in Scotland.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco and official energy sponsor Scottish Power, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research. Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Scotland.

Women who sign up for 5K and 10K events in January can benefit from a specially reduced fee of £10.

To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0300 123 0770.

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Paisley Pirates return to action after the festive break on Sunday (10 January) with a home league match against Kilmarnock Storm (face off 6.00pm).

“It will be good to get back into action after a couple of weeks off,” said coach Ian Turley. “Our last match was the 2-1 win against Dundee Comets just before Christmas, and while it was fine to get the feet up for a wee while and enjoy the festivities, it’s always nice to get back on the ice. We’ve got a busy spell of matches coming up, every one of them important, starting with the match against the Storm.”

“They’ve struggled a bit this season and lost a whole lot of players early on, but sometimes adversity brings a team closer together so we’ll not be preparing for this match any differently from any other fixture. Their coach, Myles Watson, is well known to Pirates’ fans as he skippered the last Paisley side to win the Scottish Cup in 2005, and he’s brought along a whole bunch of youngsters who are getting regular ice time, which will speed up their development no end. They’re going to break their duck against someone this season, so we’ll just have to be very sure that it’s not against us!”

“We’ve got difficult looking matches too for the rest of the month, as we have an away trip to face a vastly improved North Ayr side the following week before hosting Edinburgh Capitals, then at the end of the month we go to Elgin to face Moray Typhoons, a rink where we’ve sometimes struggled, so no match is a gimme, and in the time honoured tradition, using a well known cliché, we’ll be taking one game at a time. It’s a well used phrase, but it’s no less best practice as the only way to approach matches, so we’ll be looking to take care of business against the boys from Killie before we look ahead to the next match.”

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has encouraged local constituents to take part in a Scottish Government consultation that is looking at introducing a specific offence to tackle domestic abuse.

Scotland will be one of the few countries in the world to introduce dedicated legislation that would not only capture types of conduct that are already criminal but also other forms of psychological abuse and control which cannot usually be prosecuted under the existing criminal law.


The ‘A criminal offence of domestic abuse Scottish Government Consultation Paper’ was launched yesterday (22/12) and will be accepting responses up until Friday 1st of April.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The Scottish Government has set out their clear commitment to tackling domestic abuse. Earlier this year the Scottish Government provided £20m to help tackle domestic violence against women and girls and this consultation, and potential legislative change, serves as another way that we can try to rid domestic violence from our society.

“There already exists a number of laws that are designed to protect against acts that are clearly defined as criminal and violent. However, it is crucial that we strengthen the existing legislation to take into account other more subtle, but equally damaging, forms of abuse.”

“Ensuring that we have the correct, fit-for-purpose and robust legislation is vitally important, and it’s essential that this is combined with front-facing action that raises awareness of domestic violence.

“This consultation serves as an ideal opportunity to take further action on the scourge of domestic violence. I’d encourage as many people as possible to submit a consultation response and help play their part in tackling domestic violence.”

SANTA swapped his sleigh for a private hire taxi when he visited youngsters in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.
He brought smiles to the faces of the kids in Children’s Ward 15 as he did a wee favour for the drivers and management of Renfrewshire Cab Co by handing out bundles of presents.




Kind-hearted drivers and staff at the private hire company had raised hundreds of pounds to buy the gifts for the youngsters and management also made a substantial donation to the cause.
Driver Andy Campbell took on the role of Father Christmas as he rolled up at the hospital with cars bursting with gifts.
Hannah McCulloch, Renfrewshire Cab Co’s marketing and customer services manager said:
“As well as raising money for this very good cause, we also had a bit of fun, as the office staff paid into the fund to be able to wear the most outrageous Christmas jumpers for a week.
“Our drivers and staff were very generous with their donations.
“We wanted to do something to cheer up the youngsters who are in hospital in the run up to Christmas and make sure they didn’t miss out on seeing Santa.”
Ward Sister, Fiona Young said: “We really must give a big ‘thank you’ to Renfrewshire Cab Co for coming along with a huge bundle of presents and bringing Santa with them!
“Something like this really cheers up the children when they aren’t feeling well and it’s also good for the parents when they see a smile on their child’s face.”

Jen McKay

We have been reading of the wonderful gesture of Deli Malatso owner Jen McKay who is giving up her Christmas Day to help those less fortunate than others. Jen has decided to invite those who either can’t afford to pay for Christmas dinner or are alone on the day, what a wonderful sentiment from a Paisley business.

Jen McKay


Jen is a true community champion, it shows that what is really a simple gesture of goodwill can and probably will help change the lives of so many people. On the day where lots of families come together and fight over what they want to watch on TV or eat far too much and take family life for granted, others such as pensioners, homeless and those people who really can’t get out much and struggle socially will no doubt be sitting alone and at best would have a microwave meal. Jen will change that and we think she is amazing.
Deli Malatso is situated on 50 High Street, right across from Leisureland: Jen has posted on her Facebook page..

I have had so many messages from such kind people offering to come and help for a few hours during the day that I can’t reply to all of them, I have tried honest so to everyone that has messaged firstly thank you so much and secondly if you fancy popping down then please do so. Its going to be a very informal fun day and if it’s not busy when you arrive we can have a mince pie, pull a cracker and have a chat, I might even pull out the trivial pursuit, I really do hope that it is busy with people who just need company and a nice meal but I’m worried about the lack of transport on the day but we can only wait and see what happens. Thank you again for all your donations which have made the day possible, whatever is left over will be donated out so nothing will go to waste

Malatso is open till Christmas Eve from 9am till 5pm and will open from 12.30pm on Christmas Day. If you’d like to go along, either pop in to Malatso before Christmas Day and give a member of staff your details so that Jen has an idea of numbers or go along on the day from 12.30pm where you’ll be made welcome.


So from everyone at we would like to say well done Jen, we wish there were more people like you, it goes to show that the community of Paisley can, and will, come together to help others especially at times of need.

(photograph courtesy of Daily Record)

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Paisley Pirates go into the festive break still with a chance of lifting silverware in the second half of the season, having reached the semifinal of the Scottish Cup, and lying fifth in the Scottish National League, but with games in hand over the sides above them.paisley pirates

It’s been a strange first half of the season in a number of respects,” said coach Ian Turley. “We’ve got a 100% home record in the league matches we’ve played but, with the exception of the 10-1 win against Moray, all of the them have been very tight affairs, with no more than a couple of goals in it, but the important thing is that we’ve come out on top in all of them. Last Sunday’s game against the Dundee Comets was a typical example, I don’t think we played at our best, but the guts and determination of our players got us through, and that’s been a feature of our play. It can be pretty nail biting as a coach, but great if you’re a spectator, because our fans have certainly had great value for their money!”

Away from home, it’s been a different story for some reason,” he went on. “Normally we have a good record at other rinks, but so far this year we’ve only picked up one point on the road from three games, and that aspect of our season has to improve if we’re going to have any chance of winning anything-you just can’t expect to be in there challenging if you can’t win away from your own rink, so I’ll be looking for an improvement in our away form. We might be lying fifth at the moment, but we’ve only dropped five points, and only Edinburgh, who have dropped four, have a better record in that context.”

Conversely, in the Scottish Cup, we’ve got a great away record, it’s had to be good because we haven’t had a home draw,” he said with a wry smile. “We won at North Ayr, then went to Kirkcaldy and beat the holders, and in the semifinal we play the winners of the Kilmarnock/Aberdeen quarter final, again in a one legged away tie, so if we are to make the final we’ll have to do it without the benefit of a single tie at Braehead.”

As it is, though, we’ve got plenty to be playing for over the next couple of months, which is as much as any coach could ask for, so we’ll enjoy the break, the boys have earned it, before we get back to the serious business of trying to win ice hockey games!”

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YOUNGSTERS from a Renfrew primary school got really mall excited when they visited Santa’s Grotto at the intu Braehead shopping centre.
The kids from Kirklandneuk Primary 1 class got to meet the big man with a white beard and who wears a red suit.

They were invited along to come and play this Christmas and meet Santa by the kind-hearted team running the mall and as well as being able to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, the youngsters were also given an early present.

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The grotto is open from 11am every day until Christmas Eve, when it opens even earlier at 9am and is in the upper mall between Sports Direct and Schuh Kids.
Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “The magic of Christmas is all about the excitement and look of joy on the faces of kids when they meet Santa.

“We’re very keen to keep the traditions of Christmas and there’s nothing more traditional than having a Santa’s Grotto which has never been more popular this year.”
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