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Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest July in six years after more than 840,000 passengers travelled through its doors.

Passenger numbers were up 1.1% compared to the same period last year ensuring the airport enjoyed its 18th consecutive month of growth. This news capped what proved to be an eventful July for the airport, a month in which it unveiled its new look international arrivals, welcomed the Commonwealth Games and confirmed Ryanair will establish a new base at Glasgow later this year.

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Other highlights included Virgin Atlantic confirming it will introduce direct flights to Las Vegas in 2015, Wizz Air adding services to the Polish cities of Katowice and Poznan, easyJet adding flights to Marrakech and Emirates launching its new first and business class lounge.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To have recorded our busiest July in six years was extremely pleasing but it was a memorable month for so many reasons. From a route development perspective, we made a number of significant announcements, none more so than the news Ryanair will join us in October.

“The highlight, however, was serving as the gateway to the Commonwealth Games which were a resounding success. It has always been the case that when the city does well, the airport does well and with events such as the World Pipe Band Championships, the Ryder Cup and MTV European Music Awards all still to come, both the city and the airport have much to look forward to.”

Ryanair will begin operations at Glasgow Airport on 26 October 2014. It will serve its two largest bases – London Stansted and Dublin – along with Derry, Riga, Warsaw Modlin, Wraclow and Bydgoszcz. It is expected that Ryanair’s 55 weekly return flights will generate more than 850,000 passengers per year, returning Glasgow Airport’s passenger numbers to pre-recession levels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Emirates to commemorate 10 years at Glasgow Airport with a one-off A380 service.

The occasion will mark the first time a Scottish airport has welcomed an A380 aircraft

Glasgow, UK – 12th February 2014: In yet another first, Emirates, a global connector of people and places, will operate a one-off A380 service from Glasgow Airport on 10th April 2014 to celebrate a decade of carrying Scotland’s passengers to Dubai and beyond.

The occasion is set to be an equally huge milestone for Glasgow Airport as it becomes the first airport in Scotland to welcome an A380 – the world’s largest commercial aircraft – standing over 24 metres high and with a wing span of nearly 80 metres.


Since Emirates began operations at Glasgow Airport on 10th April 2004, it has carried 2.3 million passengers across its global network which now covers 141 destinations. Emirates currently offers over 43,000 passenger seats per month to and from Glasgow, following the upgrade of its second daily service to a Boeing 777 in 2012.

Whether stopping in Dubai or connecting to another destination, passengers embarking on this unique A380 flight from Glasgow can expect a spacious aircraft, with a cabin that is two-and-a-half feet wider than a Boeing 777; a peaceful journey in the world’s quietest long-range jet; on-board Wi-Fi; world-class in-flight menus and the award-winning ice entertainment system.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President UK, said: “As the largest A380 operator in the world, it is a historic moment to see one of our A380s take flight from Glasgow Airport for the first time. Celebrating 10 years in Glasgow is a landmark occasion for us and it demonstrates our continued commitment to Glasgow and Scotland, which is an extremely important passenger and cargo market for Emirates.”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, also commented: “Since its arrival in 2004, Emirates has been one of Glasgow Airport’s biggest success stories and its decision to introduce a second daily service to Dubai in 2012 confirmed its status as Scotland’s leading long-haul airline. To bring the A380 to Scotland for the first time will be a hugely significant milestone in our country’s aviation history and an exciting day for the passengers who will have the opportunity to fly on the aircraft and the staff who have worked hard to make it possible.”

The one-off A380 flight will operate as EK028 and will depart Glasgow at 15:35hrs arriving in Dubai the following day at 0200hrs.

Passengers travelling Business Class or First Class will have access to the A380’s on-board Lounge, a dedicated bartender and plenty of space to mingle whilst enjoying world-class delicacies. First Class passengers can also look forward to experiencing the aircraft’s on-board signature Shower Spa, with a state-of-the-art shower system and Timeless Shower Spa kits, as well as the aircraft’s First Class Private Suites.

Emirates is an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay. These partnerships strengthen the airline’s commitment to Glasgow and Scotland and will play a key role in profiling the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on a global stage.

Booking info

Flights to Dubai and beyond on Emirates’ one-off A380 service from Glasgow Airport can be booked on or by telephone on 0844 800 2777.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]

Glasgow Airport Emirates A380 Photographs

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Glasgow Airport makes positive start to 2014.

Passenger numbers up 6% in January 2014

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandGlasgow Airport has made a positive start to the year after more than 436,000 passengers travelled through its doors in January 2014, up 6% on the same period last year.

Domestic traffic grew by 4% benefitting from strong demand for Glasgow’s London routes whilst international grew by 9%, with airlines such as Lufthansa Regional, KLM, and Emirates all reporting an increase in demand.

January’s strong performance follows the news 2013 had been Glasgow Airport’s busiest since 2008 and it also marked the airport’s third consecutive year of growth.

Glasgow Airport also received a number of welcome announcements in January, including the launch of CityJet’s direct flights to Cardiff and confirmation Wizzair will add extra capacity on its Warsaw service for Scotland’s upcoming match against Poland as part of preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “January is traditionally a quiet month so it is very encouraging to have made such a positive start to 2014. Our growth was largely driven by demand for international travel, particularly long haul traffic which was up 10%, but it was very pleasing to see our domestic routes perform so well.

“2014 will present a fantastic opportunity to grow the inbound tourism potential of the city and we are committed to playing our part. Our preparations for the Commonwealth Games are now at an advanced stage and people will start to notice real changes within the terminal building in the coming weeks and months.

“Other large scale events such as the MTV Music Awards and the Ryder Cup will showcase Glasgow to the world and the recent confirmation that Hampden Park will host the London leg of the IAAF Diamond League was yet further good news for the city.”

Glasgow’s profile was given a fresh boost in January after it was named one of the top tourism destinations on the planet in 2014. Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading travel publishers, rated Glasgow alongside carnival capital Rio as a must-visit destination.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

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Passenger numbers up 5.4% in June 2013

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 775,000 people travelling through the airport in June 2013, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe marked increase in numbers ensured the airport was able to enjoy its busiest June in five years and maintain its pattern of consistent passenger growth which has stretched back to January 2011.

There was a strong demand for domestic traffic which grew by 5.7% and the start of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2% increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone with many heading to popular sun-spots such as the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey.

Glasgow Airport’s long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai all enjoyed an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight with news of further passenger growth.”

On Wednesday 10 July, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its £17 million investment programme with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.