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Glasgow Airport on track to record busiest year since 2008

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Glasgow Airport is on track to record its busiest year since 2008 after welcoming 618,583 passengers through its doors in November, representing an annual increase of 7.7%.

International traffic grew by 12.2% due to strong demand for new routes to eastern European cities, including Wizz Air’s services to Budapest, Vilnius and Lublin and Ryanair’s new service to Berlin. 

Domestic traffic also grew by 4.5%, with Flybe’s newly reinstated service to Exeter proving popular. easyJet responded to strong demand for its London routes by increasing capacity on its Gatwick and Stansted services.

November was also a month of celebration for the airport after it was crowned Best Airport in the UK with 3-10 million passengers by airport trade body, the Airport Operators Association. The win followed the airport’s success in securing both the UK and Scottish Airport of the Year titles in 2015.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2015 has been a fantastic year in terms of passenger growth. Our November figures not only guarantee we will end the year on a high, they will ensure we are in a strong position as we prepare to enter 2016, the airport’s 50th anniversary year.

“In addition to gearing up for the Christmas getaway, we have already seen a new service to Milan launch this month with easyJet and there is more to come before the end of the year.  Later this month Blue Air and Wizz Air will both begin a new service to the Romanian capital of Bucharest and British Airways will start a new Saturday service to Salzburg for the ski season. 

“An added bonus to round off the month was being named the Best Airport in the UK by our trade body, which makes us the first UK airport to hold the top three industry awards at the same time.”

Over the past 12 months, Glasgow Airport has secured 26 new routes and services. In November, easyJet announced a new service to Marseille for summer 2016 and Ryanair launched a route to Berlin.  

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