Glasgow Airport gears up for busy October getaway
09 October 2013
Glasgow Airport is gearing up for its busiest weekend of the year, as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to take to the skies for the October holiday week.
More than 110,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between Friday 11 and Monday 14 October with many jetting off to popular sunspots such as Dubai, the Canary Islands, Turkey, the Balearics and Florida.
Airlines including easyJet, Thomson and Thomas Cook are all gearing up for the airport’s busiest weekend of the year, which surpasses the first weekend of the summer holidays in terms of passenger numbers.
Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to offer assistance and help guide passengers through check-in and security. There will be a range of entertainment and activities for children to ensure their holiday gets off to a great start, including treasure hunts, arts and crafts and a surfing simulator for the more adventurous.
Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “The October holiday weekend is the busiest of the year for our airlines and for many travellers, their holiday begins the moment they arrive at the airport. This year we expect to welcome more passengers than last year, and we will be creating a tremendous buzz in the terminal so that families can get into the holiday spirit as they pass through the airport.”
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, added: “This is going to be our busiest October half term weekend yet at Glasgow Airport. More than 7,000 passengers are due to fly with us this year, an increase of 16 per cent on last year. And with the Spanish hotspots of Tenerife, Alicante and Majorca being the most popular destinations, it certainly appears that families are using this school holiday to enjoy some family fun in the sun before the cold winter months really kick in here.”
Glasgow Airport has enjoyed a sustained period of passenger growth stretching back to January 2011 and recently reported its busiest summer in five years. Almost 2.4 million passengers used the airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August.