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.”








A local project which aims to digitally capture the history of parts of Renfrewshire has got off to a flying start following support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, a committee made up of local volunteers, is dedicated to promoting the history, culture and heritage of Inchinnan and its surrounding areas. The group plans to produce a digital archive and website containing details on a number of projects. The first of which is an oral history project about life in rural Inchinnan from the 1930’s onwards.


Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions and the £1,020 donation from Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund will be used to purchase technical equipment for filming interviews and capturing scenic shots of the area.

The project, which will examine life through the decades, will gather information from residents and relatives and try to understand what it was like to live in the rural environment of Inchinnan farmlands. It will also focus on the development of Erskine community – which was built in the early seventies – and the impact it had on the local community and economy.

Ronald Leitch, head of security and terminal operations at Glasgow Airport, said: “This historical project is a fantastic community initiative and will definitely allow more people to learn about the history of the area. As a neighbour, Glasgow Airport is only too happy to offer assistance and get this exciting project off the ground.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson at Renfrewshire Council said: “Inchinnan Historical Interest Group is a good example of a community working together to promote the local history of the area. To do so, in such a public way is a terrific idea and demonstrates a great sense of community. I am sure the archive and website will prove extremely popular with residents of all ages.”

Bill McCallum, farmlands project leader at Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, said: “Talking to the various people we have interviewed for this project, has been very interesting and enlightening. Asking people to go back down their own memory lane is, in the main, a very pleasurable experience for them, and sharing that journey is both a privilege and rewarding for the project team. We are creating our own piece of history as there has never been an oral history of Inchinnan before, and receiving support from the FlightPath Fund is very encouraging to our project team.”

Once complete details of the project, which are expected to generate interest from local residents, schools and community groups, will be available from the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group’s website and will include photographs, video clips and interviews with residents living in the area during this time. Information will also be available at Inchinnan Parish Church.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

Picture: Glasgow Airport’s Ronald Leitch (centre) and Councillor Iain Nicolson meet members of the Inchinnan Heritage Interest Group, pictured with the camera is Bill McCallum.

Glasgow Airport gets pupils’ tourism careers off to a flier

Scotland’s next generation is learning about career opportunities in one of the country’s largest and most important industry sectors thanks to Glasgow Airport.

The £40,000 cost of a project designed to introduce young people to the opportunities available in the hospitality and tourism sectors is being met by the airport’s Challenge Fund.

The aim of the Skills for Sustainable Tourism project, which has been created by the charity Scottish Business in the Community, is to encourage these young people to move into education, training or employment when they leave school.

Glasgow Airport is also playing an active role in the project and has already hosted a group of 15 pupils from Renfrew High School, with two more visits to follow in 2013. The youngsters took part in an interactive session covering the wide range of jobs and career progression opportunities available at the airport.

With Glasgow Airport employing only a tenth of the 4,500 workforce on-site, business partners British Airways and World Duty Free also took part to give the pupils an airline and retail perspective.

As the goal is to enable the youngsters to learn about every aspect of the tourism and hospitality industries, and increase their awareness and opportunities, the airport visit is just one of several facilitated by SBC including Glasgow 2014, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental Hotels and Rabbie’s Tours.

Campbell Mackinnon, Glasgow Airport’s operations director, took part in the recent session with the children. He added: “This programme encompasses everything that the Challenge Fund is about. It recognises the importance of tourism and hospitality in Scotland, particularly with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming all taking place in 2014.

“It also provides opportunities for learning and raises the aspirations of these young people, who clearly enjoyed their visit to the airport. We look forward to welcoming the next groups here in 2013, and hopefully to some of them taking up employment here in the future!”

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “It is fantastic that a high-profile business such as Glasgow Airport, which directly and indirectly supports thousands jobs in tourism and hospitality, is funding this project in its entirety.

“The risk of young people leaving school without employment, education or training is particularly acute during an economic downturn, but there are opportunities available in tourism and hospitality which we believe can provide a route to both work and skills development.

“By funding and participating in this programme, which is focused on achieving positive outcomes for those taking part, Glasgow Airport is investing in the future of the young people in its community and the future of tourism in Scotland.”


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Moving Glasgow Airport forward

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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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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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