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Ryanair poised to overtake easyJet as Glasgow's biggest airline
24 March 2017
Ryanair is poised to become the biggest airline at Glasgow Airport, overtaking easyJet.
Ryanair began operating from Glasgow Airport in 2014 with 55 weekly flights connecting Scotland's largest city with 7 European destinations. Just three years later, the airline has since doubled the size of its Glasgow Airport base, operating up to over 100 departures a week to 23 destinations throughout Europe including daily flights to Berlin, Dublin, Frankfurt and London. This year alone the airline will offer 13 new routes from Glasgow including Brussels, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid and Valencia, carrying over 1.5 million passengers from Glasgow Airport.
This phenomenal growth is in stark contrast to easyJet. Launched in 1995, Glasgow Airport was the arrival point for the first ever easyJet flight with Glasgow-based customers loyally supporting the airline since day-one. However, easyJet has since failed to show the same commitment to its Glasgow-based passengers. Twenty-two years after easyJet's first ever flight landed at Glasgow Airport, the airline now flies to just 19 destinations, of which six are domestic flights to airports within the United Kingdom and a further six are operated seasonally. easyJet currently carry around 2 million passengers per year from Glasgow Airport and this figure has been static for the past decade. easyJet operates 26 bases throughout Europe with Glasgow being the airlines second smallest with only Newcastle offering less flights. All despite Glasgow being the airlines first ever destination.
Ryanair. Three years at Glasgow Airport. 23 destinations and growing. Easyjet. Twenty-two years at Glasgow Airport. 19 destinations. Zero growth.
Based on current growth trends it is anticipated that Ryanair will overtake easyJet to become Glasgow's biggest airline by 2018.
Speaking at the launch of Ryanair's Glasgow Airport base in 2014, the airlines Chief Executive, Michael O'Leary, said: “Glasgow Airport will continue to be a focus area for our growth in Scotland.”
While easyJet has stood-still, Ryanair's growth at Glasgow Airport has provided a significant boost to the economy of Glasgow and to Scotland as a whole. Direct non-stop flights are not only fast and convenient for passengers but also important economic drivers for the region. Direct non-stop flights fulfil important business and industry needs while also satisfying customer demand and stimulating tourism. Every new route added from Glasgow Airport is a huge victory for the city and Western Scotland.
Already Scotland's gateway to the world and the nation's fastest growing airport, Glasgow Airport has enjoyed huge success in recent times establishing itself as one of Europe's fastest growing airports with new flights taking-off to over 20 exciting destinations including Brussels, Cape Verde, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Jamaica, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, New York JFK and Valencia - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.
Ryanair flights from Glasgow to 23 exciting destinations including Alicante, Carcassonne, Gran Canaria, Riga, Sofia and Warsaw can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.