easyJet has celebrated carrying 30m passengers from Glasgow Airport.
On 10 November 1995 easyJet’s first ever flight, EZY121 operated by a Boeing 737-200, took off from London Luton for Glasgow with Captain Fred Rivett at the controls.
Since this first flight easyJet has remained committed to the airport by maintaining a continuous operation and flying over 30 million passengers to and from Glasgow.
The airline celebrated the significant milestone by giving lucky couple Roy and Maureen Scott a pair of complimentary flights from Glasgow. Passengers on one of the airline's Glasgow Charles de Gaulle flights from Glasgow also enjoyed at delicious easyJet cupcake.
The airline continues to see strong growth at Glasgow and now has an unrivalled network of 19 routes and a four-aircraft base at the airport.
easyJet is the largest airline in Scotland carrying almost one in four Scottish travellers and in calendar 2017 will grow further with an increase in the number of seats on sale of around 5% to over 7.4m. Additionally, in March 2017, the airline positioned a second A320 aircraft in Glasgow and is also retrofitting its current Glasgow based A320 to a 186 seat configuration.
The airline offers a diverse portfolio of routes in Scotland catering for outbound and inbound demand. Passenger traffic is an almost equal split in directionality with nearly half of passengers travelling inbound to Scotland delivering significant investment into Scotland.
Sophie Dekkers, UK country Director for easyJet, commented: “Glasgow is very close to our hearts as our first ever flight operated from London Luton to Glasgow and I am really excited that we have flown our 30 millionth passenger from Glasgow today.
“This is a fantastic milestone for us. We have come a long way since the launch of our first flight 21 years ago and since then Glasgow has remained a key market for easyJet.
“I have to thank our fantastic customers who travel to and from Glasgow for their loyalty and support. We remain excited about the future at Glasgow.”
Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “We are proud and honored that easyJet chose to mark this momentous milestone here at Glasgow Airport, back where it all began.
“From the humble beginnings of the inaugural Glasgow London Luton flight nearly 22 years ago, easyJet has grown to not only become Scotland’s leading airline but also one of Europe’s biggest carriers and has played a significant role in revolutionising commercial air travel in the UK and beyond.”
Around 60% of the airline’s total capacity is UK domestic, with over 30% of seats linking Scotland with some the largest European cities, including Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, Milan, Prague and Berlin. easyJet also offers alternative destinations such as Iceland and a range of ski routes including Lyon, Grenoble and routes to Geneva from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.
easyJet remains committed to providing easy and affordable business connections between London and Scotland and to serving Scotland by offering customers low fares and a convenient schedule for both leisure and business travellers.
easyJet operates 840 flights in and out of Scotland per week in peak summer and now flies over six million passengers to 44 airports in 18 countries from Scotland.