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Glasgow Airport records busiest ever March
14 April 2017
Glasgow Airport has recorded its 49th consecutive month of growth and busiest ever March after over 700,000 passengers travelled through the airport in March, representing a 7 per cent increase compared with the previous year.
Throughout March there was a substantial 13.7 per cent rise in the number of international passengers flying from Scotland’s largest city with Air France, Blue Air, Ryanair and Wizz Air recording strong demand for European flights while long haul traffic was boosted with both Emirates and Virgin Atlantic enjoying their busiest ever March at Glasgow Airport.
Contributing to the continued growth of Glasgow Airport there was a number of new route launches in March with Ryanair commencing flights to Lisbon, Palanga and Valencia, while Flybe launched increased flights on existing routes to Leeds/ Bradford, Manchester and Southampton. Aer Lingus launched increased flights to Donegal, Blue Air launched a new third weekly flight to Bucharest and easyJet added a sixth weekly flight to Amsterdam.
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 and this success is set to continue throughout 2017 with new flights taking-off to over 30 exciting destinations including Bergen, Cape Verde, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Jamaica, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, New York JFK and Valencia - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.
At the forefront of Scottish Aviation, Glasgow Airport is the first Scottish airport to ever welcome over 1 million passengers in a single month and the continued rise in passenger numbers at Glasgow Airport is in thanks largely to the airports multi-award winning customer service, unrivalled choice of worldwide destinations and its central location with direct motorway access ensuring the airport is the preferred choice for travellers from across Scotland including those in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and beyond.
Located in Scotland’s largest and greatest city, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s gateway to the world with direct flights to over 130 worldwide destinations. Furthermore, Glasgow Airport is an asset of strategic national importance supporting more than 10,000 jobs and generating over £200 million annually for the economy, more than any other airport in Scotland.
Glasgow Airport is the world's gateway to Scotland with thousands of tourists passing through every month to visit Scotland’s largest city and other major tourist draws throughout Scotland including Argyll & Bute, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and many of the country’s top whisky distilleries and golf courses.
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director, Glasgow Airport, said: “Our performance during the first quarter of 2017 has ensured we’ve made our busiest-ever start to any year.
“Our continued growth is a direct result of our efforts in securing new routes and services for our passengers. We have succeeded in significantly strengthening our European connectivity since the start of 2016 and later this year we will launch direct flights to Madrid, Frankfurt and Krakow.
“Providing a greater choice of routes not only opens up a host of new markets for our passengers, it provides our tourism industry with a much needed boost by ensuring Scotland is more accessible. Earlier this year Glasgow, through its Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, set out how it aims to attract one million more visitors to the city and position Glasgow as the gateway to Scotland.
“Glasgow Airport has a key role in supporting this ambition. If the city and Scotland are to continue to attract further visitors and enjoy the associated economic uplift, then it’s important we address the high levels of Air Passenger Duty which put our airports at a severe disadvantage when it comes to competing with our European and global counterparts.”
Direct flights from Glasgow Airport to 130 exciting worldwide including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dubai, London, Milan, New York, Reykjavik and Toronto can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.