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Christmas comes early for Glasgow as airport records best-ever November

Glasgow Airport reported its busiest-ever November after more than 682,800 passengers travelled through the airport’s doors last month, representing a 2.5% increase on the same period last year.  

EU-scheduled services increased by 10.5% thanks to additional capacity and strong demand on a number of new Ryanair routes including Madrid, Lisbon, Valencia, Krakow, Frankfurt and Lufthansa’s Munich service.

International traffic grew by 6.2% due to increased demand for winter sun destinations and additional capacity on a number of routes including Icelandair’s Reykjavik and long-haul services to North America and Florida. Emirates’ double-daily service to Dubai was also up 12%.

Domestic services to London remained on par with last year, while regional traffic was up 4.5% thanks to additional capacity on a number of routes including Bristol, Belfast and Manchester.

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “2017 has been a fantastic year in terms of passenger growth. Our November figures not only guarantee we approach the end of the year on a high, they also help ensure we are in a strong position as we prepare to enter 2018.

“Our efforts in securing 30 new routes and services have been instrumental in making 2017 the most successful year in the airport’s history. As well as consolidating our position as Scotland’s leading long-haul airport, we have also significantly added to our now burgeoning European network.

“The recent introduction of the Madrid, Krakow, Frankfurt and Munich routes also helped boost inbound tourism in November with a large number of visitors arriving in Glasgow for a city break.

“Looking ahead, December’s passenger numbers are already off to a great start with a number of early festive flights to Lapland ensuring we are well our way to a fantastic Christmas gift of 12 record months in 2017.” 

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