Glasgow Airport logo 2013


·        6% increase in August passenger numbers

·        2.4 million passengers during peak summer months


Glasgow Airport has reported another month of growth after 746,000 passengers travelled through its doors in August, representing an increase of 6% compared to the same period last year.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Almost 2.4 million passengers used Glasgow Airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August, ensuring the airport enjoyed its busiest summer since 2008.

Domestic and international traffic both grew by 6% during August and a number of airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, KLM and Wizz Air all reported an increase in demand.

Whilst much of the airport’s growth can be attributed to airlines adding extra capacity, it benefited from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s success in promoting the inbound tourism potential of the city and attracting a series of major events and conferences. Events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and the UDO World Street Dance Championships attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Glasgow during August.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We enjoyed an extremely busy summer with more than 125,000 additional passengers using the airport during June, July and August compared to same period last year.

“Not only was it our busiest summer in five years, it was one of our best in terms of operational performance. Despite the significant increase in numbers and a host of large scale events, 99.4% of our passengers passed through security in less than 10 minutes during the summer months.”

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. Both easyJet and have added extra capacity on their respective Amsterdam and Barcelona routes in response to Celtic’s progress in the Champions League.

Paisley gets set for vintage fire vehicle visit

Renfrewshire residents will get the chance to go on red alert with rescue vehicles from yesteryear this weekend when the Fire Engine Rally takes place in Paisley.

The popular annual event is expected to draw a crowd to the town centre as young and old alike gather to get up close with a collection of vintage fire engines from through the ages, alongside some modern appliances.

Fire engine rally 2012Saturday’s event begins with a parade from Canal Street Fire Station, continuing through Causeyside Street and Gilmour Street to County Square.

The engines will then gather in County Square and Gilmour Street for a family fun day, including chip-pan fire demos, kids’ entertainers, a fire-engine bouncy castle and much more.

The parade leaves Canal Street at 11am, with entertainment running until 4pm.

The event – now in its fifth year – is being run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally is the latest in our series of town centre events running through the summer.

“We have already had great crowds for Sma’ Shot Day and the Paisley Pipe Band Championships, and hope to have the same again on Saturday.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust do a great job of keeping these machines operational, and I would encourage residents to come out and see this little bit of history in action for themselves.”

Fire engine rally 2012Paul Tanzilli, Senior Officer for Fire & Rescue Services in Renfrewshire, added: “It’s great to see so many people support this event year after year.

“The range of fire appliances on show at the event will include the very old alongside the latest models which serve the community day in day out.

“The rally is a fun event but there will also be an opportunity for people to get safety advice and arrange a home fire safety visit by fire crews whenever it suits them.”

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Paisley Pipe Band Championships 2013

Watch some of the best pipe bands from across the country do battle!

From Milngavie to Manchester, they’ll be coming to Paisley town centre to play for you and compete for some prestigious prizes before ‘marching past’ together.

Pipers will be marching down the High St from noon for judging in the main arena in County Square.


Now in its fourth year, the competition is a major staging post on the way to the World Pipe Band – don’t miss it.

Saturday 20th July County Square Paisley 12pm – 6pm

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Information from Renfrewshire Council.

Pipe bands from across Scotland will flock to Paisley on when the town hosts its second annual Pipe Band Competition.
Local bands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew will face some stiff competition as bands from across the country join them in Paisley town centre on Saturday 23 July.
The bands will make their way down Paisley High Street, from New Street to the Cenotaph, and then compete before the judges in County Square.
Renfrewshire’s Provost, Celia Lawson, will present prizes to the winning bands.

Provost Lawson said: “Our historic town centre gives this event a unique atmosphere, with people getting the opportunity to see the procession through the town.
“The competition is less than a month before the World Pipe Band Championships so it’s a great warm-up for the competitors and we expect to see some of Scotland’s top bands.”

The event is scheduled to take place from 12pm – 4pm.
The competition has been organised by Paisley Vision and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.


Paisley Pipe Band Competition 2012

Pipe bands from across Scotland will come to Paisley to compete in the town’s first ever pipe band competition.

pipe-bandBands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew, will be up against competition from all over the country at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 24 July.

A procession of bands will play as they make their way down Paisley High Street from New Street to the cenotaph. They will then compete before judges in County Square.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Although Renfrewshire has a number of successful pipe bands this is the first time we have hosted a pipe band competition. The event will rather unusually take place in our historic town centre which will give it a unique atmosphere and give people an opportunity to watch the procession come through the town.

“The competition is less than a month before the World Pipe Band Championships so it’s a great warm up for the competitors and we expect to see some of Scotland’s best pipe bands playing in Paisley town centre.”

The event is supported by Paisley Vision Board and bands will compete for a Paisley Vision trophy.

The Paisley Pipe Band Competition takes place from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 24 July.

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