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August performance caps bumper summer for Glasgow Airport

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4.9% increase in August passenger numbers
Almost 2.5 million passengers during peak summer months

Glasgow Airport has reported another month of growth after more than 782,000 passengers travelled through its doors in August, representing an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period last year.

Almost 2.5 million passengers used Glasgow Airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August - an increase of 2.8% on last year - ensuring the airport enjoyed its busiest summer in six years.

The airport made a strong start to August, which was its 19th consecutive month of growth, when thousands of athletes and officials returned home following what had been one of the most successful Commonwealth Games ever.

Other highlights included the unveiling by of further expansion plans for Glasgow. The airline will introduce four new routes, including direct flights to Prague, and a sixth based aircraft which will see it operate its biggest ever flying programme from Glasgow Airport in 2015.

Ryanair also confirmed it will operate direct flights to Carcassone in France and Chania in Crete bringing the total number of routes it will operate from Glasgow to nine. The airline will launch its new base in October.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “August was an extremely busy month for the airport and the city. We started the month by waving off the thousands of athletes who had descended on the city for the Commonwealth Games which were a resounding success. This was quickly followed by events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and the UDO World Street Dance Championships which attracted thousands of visitors to Glasgow.

“Despite the increase in numbers, it was one of our best summers in terms of operational performance with 99.6% of passengers passing through security in less than 10 minutes during the summer months.

“From a route development perspective we continued to strengthen our European network and provide passengers with greater choice with the addition of a number of exciting new destinations including Prague.”


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