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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.

Glasgow Airport Emirates A380

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]

Virgin Altantic 747

Virgin Atlantic reveals jumbo October schedule from Glasgow Airport

Virgin Atlantic has announced additional capacity on its popular Florida flights from Glasgow Airport this October.

Almost 2,000 extra seats will be made available as a result of the airline’s decision to deploy a Boeing 747 aircraft on its Orlando route during the month.

This will allow Virgin Atlantic to meet the high demand associated with the school holiday week, which is traditionally one of Glasgow Airport’s busiest periods of the year.

The 455 seat jumbo jet will replace a 314 seat Airbus A330 for seven return flights in October, with Scots keen to visit the Sunshine State benefitting from a total of 1,974 additional seats.

Virgin Altantic 747

The Boeing aircraft also features the airline’s award winning Upper Class in addition to the Premium Economy and Economy products available on the Airbus, which is normally deployed by Virgin Atlantic on the Florida route outwith the peak months of June and July.

Edmond Rose, Virgin Atlantic’s director of commercial and revenue planning, commented: “October is proving to be an exceptionally busy month for Scottish holidaymakers travelling out to Florida. To meet this increased demand Virgin Atlantic has taken the decision to bring one of its Boeing 747 aircraft onto the route, adding a significant number of seats.

“We are working really closely with Glasgow Airport and hope to continue to increase capacity out of Glasgow.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Since launching in 2007 the Florida flights have been a huge success, carrying nearly 40,000 passengers in 2012, and we are very proud to have such a strong brand as Virgin Atlantic here at Glasgow Airport.

“Florida is a popular destination among Scottish holidaymakers and the decision to increase capacity on this route through the use of a larger aircraft is a clear demonstration of Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to the Glasgow market. We will be working closely with the airline to ensure capacity continues to rise.”

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