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.”







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Six pedestrians dead as bin lorry crashes in Glasgow’s George Square

Six people have been confirmed dead after a bin lorry careered into a group of pedestrians and cars in Glasgow’s George Square.

Eight other people — including the driver of the lorry — are being treated for injuries at three hospitals across the city, police have confirmed.

George Square was closed following the crash near to the entrance to Queen Street train station shortly after 2.30pm on Monday.

Eyewitnesses said that a Glasgow City Council bin lorry collided with several vehicles and hit a number of pedestrians between the Gallery of Modern Art and the station.

There were unconfirmed reports that small children were among those struck by the square

The lorry driver appeared to lose control near to Royal Exchange Square before careering north along Queen Street, bystanders said.

It finally came to a stop when it collided with the Millennium Hotel, at the side entrance to Queen Street train station on the corner of George Square and within sight of Glasgow City Chambers.

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Glasgow Airport enjoys busiest year since 2008.

  • Passenger numbers up 2.9% in 2013
  • December traffic up 3.9%


Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest year since 2008 after 7.4 million passengers travelled through its doors in 2013, representing an annual increase of 2.9%.

It is the airport’s third consecutive year of growth and much of its success can be attributed to a marked increase in long haul and European traffic which grew by 11% and 15% respectively.

The arrival of airlines such as Wizz Air and Lufthansa Regional contributed to the increase in international traffic, as did the strong performance of long haul carriers Emirates, United and Virgin Atlantic, all of which reported growth in 2013.

There was strong demand for Glasgow’s London and UK regional routes, and the decision by British Airways and Flybe to add extra capacity contributed to a 2.5% increase in domestic traffic.

The growth in the annual figure was mirrored in December’s performance which saw over 455,000 passengers travel through the airport, an increase of 3.9%. International traffic was a particular area of growth, up 11.8%.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To have recorded our busiest year in five years and our third consecutive year of growth is very pleasing. We enjoyed considerable success throughout 2013 in further strengthening our route network and we committed significant investment to enhancing our facilities.

“Whilst the growth in numbers would appear to suggest a renewed confidence amongst airlines and passengers, we are still operating in what remains a difficult economic environment and achieving further growth will be a challenge. There is, however, much to look forward to. 2014 is set to be a momentous year for Glasgow and our focus will be on ensuring we play our part in the successful delivery of what will be the biggest sporting event in Scotland’s history, the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”



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.

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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.

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Charities and community groups have been granted an additional four weeks to apply for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The closing date for applications, originally Friday 18 October, has been extended to Friday 15 November.

Charities and community groups have been invited to compete for a £50,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe money will be given to the organisation which makes the most convincing case for a significant community project which will bring a lasting benefit to those living under the flightpath.

In order to be considered for the airport’s third Challenge Fund, applicants must demonstrate their project will lead to positive outcomes in at least one of three areas – education, employment and the environment.

On two previous occasions the Challenge Fund has awarded large sums to worthy projects. The community departments of Celtic and Rangers football clubs received £50,000 between them to enable educational youth football programmes to take place in Clydebank and Drumchapel.

This funding ensured 280 young people were able to benefit from more than 40 hours of coaching and workshops designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and sectarianism, while also increasing the number of young people taking part in physical activity.

And the charity Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) received £40,000 which allowed them to pilot a new project called Skills for Sustainable Tourism, which introduces young people to the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a local community group or a national charity delivering local projects to think of a really innovative and beneficial project which would not be possible without this level of donation.

“After two successful Challenge Funds in recent years we are confident this will generate a lot of interest. Through the FlightPath Fund we support a wide range of organisations and hopefully the applications we receive will reflect this diversity.”

Bob Christie, SBC’s regional manager for Glasgow, said: “The Skills for Sustainable Tourism project was very successful and would not have been possible without the Challenge Fund money. It’s fantastic that a high-profile business such as Glasgow Airport, which directly and indirectly supports thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality, both funded and participated in the programme.

“By committing so much of its money and time, Glasgow Airport showed it is willing to invest in the future of the young people in its community and the future of tourism in Scotland. Charities and community groups should be really excited that another Challenge Fund has been launched.”

The Challenge Fund is supported by money from the Communities Trust, formerly the BAA Communities Trust, which is the charitable arm of Glasgow Airport’s parent company.

The Communities Trust is one of the revenue streams which make up the airport’s FlightPath Fund, which was established in 2010 to ensure nearby communities share in the airport’s success.

It supports communities in those areas of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flightpath. Each of these four local authority areas is represented on the decision-making panel.

The FlightPath Fund has awarded in excess of £550,000 to more than 150 community groups and charities, and in 2012 made awards totalling more than £200,000.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the criteria below then why not apply?

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 18 October. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s decision-making panel will shortlist the strongest entries and the winner will be chosen by the trustees of the Communities Trust.

If you would like more information on the Challenge Fund or FlightPath Fund visit, e-mail or write to FlightPath Fund, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew’s Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW

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3.8% increase in September passenger numbers

Glasgow Airport has reported another month of growth after 765,000 passengers travelled through its doors in September, representing an increase of 3.8% compared to the same period last year.

The continued increase in passenger numbers follows the news the airport had enjoyed its busiest summer in five years.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Domestic and international traffic grew by 5.5% and 2.6% respectively during September and a number of airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, easyJet and KLM all reported an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is very encouraging to be able to follow what was our best summer in five years with further passenger growth in September. There were a number of events within Glasgow during September, including the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference, which contributed to a strong demand for domestic services and with the SSE Hydro now open, the city can look forward to attracting even more large scale events.

“We have made a positive start to October and we are currently preparing for what will be our busiest weekend of the year. More than 110,000 people are expected to pass through our doors this weekend for the start of the October school holiday week, which will mark the end of the busy peak season. Our attention will then turn to progressing our £17 million investment plans which will see large parts of the terminal undergo a major makeover ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport.”

Glasgow Airport has received a number of welcome airline announcements including confirmation from Icelandair it will increase seat capacity by 25% with the introduction of an additional weekly service in 2014. also announced significant growth plans for Glasgow Airport with the addition of a fifth dedicated aircraft and 130,000 more seats for summer 2014.

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Participate in a theatre Q&A with The Weegie Board Director, Mary McCluskey.

Next week, Scottish Youth Theatre will be stopping off at Paisley Arts Centre to perform their latest show, ‘The Weegie Board: A West of Scotland Ghost Story’ written by BAFTA Scotland winner David Cosgrove.

Plus drama fans will get the unique opportunity to put their questions to Mary McCluskey, Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre and director of this edge-of-your-seat Glaswegian ghost story, straight after the show.

1878-sytweegieContaining frightening scenes, ‘The Weegie Board’ depicts the exhilarating experience of six Glasgow teenagers who meddle with an Ouija Board.

Both funny and shocking at points, ‘The Weegie Board’ is set in a big old empty house, where the six teenagers indulge in a little bit of drinking and some flirting before conducting a séance with their spirit board – but what could possibly go wrong?

The Weegie Board: A West of Scotland Ghost Story will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Wednesday 11 Sept at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (£3.50 conc / students) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to The performance is suitable for ages 14+ and does contain some strong language and sexual content – parental guidance is advised.

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Scotland’s biggest city stops to view high-rise’s demise

A TOWER block near one of Britain’s busiest roads has been demolished in a controlled explosion.

Traffic on the M8 motorway through Glasgow was briefly halted at 11.29am today (Sun), moments before the 18-storey building was brought down.

The Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association block at 14 Shaftesbury Street was once home to 128 families. The demolition allows the social housing provider to continue its £50 million regeneration of Anderston.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – development, said: “This is a significant milestone in a project which has revitalised a thriving community in the heart of Glasgow.

“The quality of our housing has not only changed the lives of Anderston residents for the better but also created many jobs and training opportunities. Conditions remain tough in construction but Sanctuary continues to support the sector through our extensive new-build programme.

“The demolition of 14 Shaftesbury Street is not an end but another new beginning for Anderston. It allows us to create better homes to house even more local families for many decades to come.”

To date, Sanctuary Scotland has built 176 new homes in Anderston and more than 2,000 affordable properties across Scotland as a whole. By 2015, another 158 homes will be built on the land where the 50 metre tall tower block fell. Thirty kilograms of explosive strategically placed over five blast floors demolished the 10,000 tonne structure. Residents in 320 neighbouring properties were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Area resident John Beattie had a top-floor flat in 14 Shaftesbury Street for 20 years. His home offered unhindered views of the Kingston Bridge and Glasgow city centre.

Since moving to a new, lower-level Sanctuary flat last November, John’s heating bill has more than halved and – unlike before – he is now able to get out and about.

John, 79, said: “It was a great building when I first moved in but it’s time to pull it down.

“It’s progress. These blocks were put up in the 1960s for one reason only – to build homes quickly and get people into them.

“I saw a few bombs drop during the war so I’m not fazed seeing the building brought down. I miss the view but nothing else, life is better now.”

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