Glasgow Airport reports increase in passenger numbers for May 2012
12 June 2012
Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 660,000 people travelling through the airport in May 2012, representing an increase of 9.8% compared to the same period last year.
An increase in demand for both international and domestic travel, which grew by 8.4% and 11.4% respectively, ensured it was another busy month for Glasgow Airport which celebrated the launch of Emirates Airline’s second daily direct flight to Dubai on Friday 1 June.
Part of the increase can be attributed to the impact of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud which caused disruption for travellers in May 2011. However, after adjusting for ash, passenger growth was still significant at 6.2%.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “May was another strong month for Glasgow Airport. The continued increase in passenger numbers underlines the progress we are making in terms of regrowing passenger numbers and securing new routes.
“The introduction of Emirates’ second daily service to Dubai, a route which is of vital economic importance to Scotland, provided us with a great start to the busy holiday period, as did the launch in May of Icelandair’s inaugural flight to Denver, Colorado. Together with Sunwing Airline’s twice weekly service to Toronto, which will get underway later this month, these routes have further strengthened Glasgow’s long haul route network.”
Other welcome additions in May to Glasgow Airport’s list of destinations included Jet2.com’s new services to Ibiza, Crete and Rhodes, and holiday firm France Travel Services’ flights to Paris, Nantes and Lyon.