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Glasgow Airport reports busiest February in eight years

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Glasgow Airport has continued its positive start to 2015 after more than 510,000 passengers travelled through its doors in February, representing an increase of 13.9% on the same period last year.

It was the airport’s busiest February in eight years and its 24th consecutive month of growth. International traffic grew by 24.9% which was largely a result of the continued demand for the range of Eastern European destinations served by Wizz Air and Ryanair. Passenger numbers also received a welcome boost from Celtic’s Europa League clash with Inter Milan which saw thousands of football fans descend on the city.

 

Domestic traffic grew by 6.9% with British Airways, Flybe and Loganair all reporting a strong February. Ryanair’s three daily services to Stansted also continued to perform well.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Our success in securing new routes and attracting airlines to Glasgow has translated into sustained passenger growth and we could not have asked for a better start to the year. The next three months will see the launch of a further 13 new routes including direct flights to Las Vegas, Munich, Prague and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We are continuing to make improvements to the airport in order to accommodate this growth and are making excellent progress with the £3 million extension of our east pier. It is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and there is much to look forward to with major events such as the World Gymnastics and IPC Swimming World Championships still to come.”

In February, Aer Lingus launched its new service to Donegal, and Citywing confirmed it will increase its services to the Isle of Man to 11 per week during the summer season.  Flybe will launch a new double daily service to Bournemouth on 29 March and the airline confirmed it will introduce a direct service to Cardiff in June.

February also saw Glasgow Airport receive the British Safety Council’s International Safety Award for its achievements in health and safety and assurance standards.

Traffic summary

January 2015

 

 

 

 

Terminal passengers

(000s)

 

Month

%

Change

March 2014 to Feb 2015

%

Change

 

Glasgow

 

510,665

 

13.9%

 

7,822,497

 

5.58%

 

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