Glasgow Airport reports increase in passenger numbers for April
11 May 2012
Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 550,000 people travelling through the airport in April 2012, representing an increase of 6.7% compared to the same period last year.
An increase in demand for both international and domestic travel, which grew by 5.6% and 7.7% respectively, ensured it was another busy month for Glasgow Airport which has succeeded in adding a number of new routes in recent months, including direct flights to Barcelona, Rome and Venice.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Despite the challenges presented by rising fuel costs and further increases in Air Passenger Duty (APD), we have enjoyed considerable success in expanding our route network and this has been a major factor in encouraging more people to fly from Glasgow Airport.
“April’s figures were extremely encouraging and with a number of services such as Canadian Affair’s direct flights to Vancouver and Calgary, and US Airways’ Philadelphia route getting underway in May, we hope to maintain this pattern of growth. We also have the launch on Friday 1 June of Emirates Airline’s second daily service to Dubai to look forward to, which will play a vital role in further enhancing Scotland’s connectivity with important global markets.”
In April, Loganair introduced a direct service to Newquay and Jet2.com announced it is to add the Turkish resort of Bodrum and Gran Canaria to its 2013 summer schedule. Glasgow Airport also learned it is to become the first airport in Scotland to welcome one of the world’s newest passenger planes after Thomson Airways confirmed it will fly the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner from the airport when it is delivered next year.