Glasgow airport reports busiest February in eight years

By Phil Davies | 11 March 2015 at 13.07 GMT
Continued demand for eastern European destinations served by Wizz Air and Ryanair helped push passengers using Glasgow airport up by almost 14% last month.

The Scottish airport handled more than 510,000 passengers in February – its 24th consecutive month of growth.

International traffic was up by almost a quarter over February last year while domestic numbers 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, according to the airport.

Aer Lingus launched flights to Donegal last month and Citywing confirmed an increase in services to the Isle of Man to 11 a week during the summer. Flybe launches a new double daily service to Bournemouth on March 29 and flights to Cardiff in June.

Airport managing director, Amanda McMillan, 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.”

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Glasgow Airport announce further expansion of airport terminal


19 November 2014

Glasgow Airport has announced plans to invest more than £3 million into expanding the
terminal building to help service more flights and rising passenger numbers.

This latest expansion of Glasgow Airport will see the construction of a new two storey,
1,400 square metre extension to the airports East Pier with work due for completion by
spring 2015.

The extension to the East Pier, which is home to low cost airlines including Easyjet and
Ryanair, will result in the creation of five additional boarding gates.

The expansion is in direct response to the airport’s growing success and popularity amongst
passengers and airlines. Earlier this week it was revealed that Glasgow Airport has recorded
its 21st consecutive month of growth and this fantastic growth is set to continue well into
2015 as the airport has secured an incredible 29 new routes, 10 of which will be operated by
Easyjet and Ryanair from the airports newly extended East Pier.

In October, Ryanair opened its new Glasgow Airport base with 55 weekly flights to 9 European
destinations with the airline expecting to carry over 850,000 passengers from the airport
within its first year of operating.

October also saw budget airline Easyjet launch Scotland’s only direct flights to Morocco with a new twice-weekly service from Glasgow to Marrakech and the airline will further strengthen its route network from Scotland’s largest city in June with the launch of new direct flights to the French city of Bordeaux.

The expansion to the East Pier will not only provide much needed additional capacity for low cost airlines, it will also free-up existing capacity at the airports Central and West Piers to accommodate expansion from other airlines including Jet2, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and West Jet.

Earlier this year Jet2 announced its own expansion plans at Glasgow Airport for 2015 with the introduction of a sixth based aircraft and the launch of five new routes including Larnaca, Malta and Prague, plus increased flights on existing popular routes including Murcia. The expansion will see Jet2 operating its biggest ever flying programme from Glasgow Airport in 2015.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2014 has been a momentous year for Glasgow Airport and this latest project brings our total investment figure for the year to £20 million. The extension of the East Pier is in direct response to our success in securing a number of new routes and services. Not only will it significantly enhance our facilities, it will improve the passenger experience for the millions of people who travel through our doors every year.”

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Partners Group ‘set to bid for Glasgow airport’

Partners Group 'set to bid for Glasgow airport'A consortium including Glasgow City Council’s pension fund is to bid for Glasgow airport, according to the Herald.The news comes days after reports that the Spanish owner of Heathrow, Ferrovial, had made an offer.

The Madrid-based conglomerate is reported to have lodged an £800 million takeover bid for Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

Reports today suggest that a consortium led by Partners Group, a Swiss-based private equity company, is bidding for the airport, in partnership with Strathclyde Pension Fund and Zurich airport.

Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm with more than €30 billion in investment programmes under management in private equity, private debt, private real estate and private infrastructure.

Strathclyde Pension Fund has assets of £13.5 billion, making it the wealthiest council pension fund in the UK. The fund has around 200,000 members including present and former council staff and a number of private companies such as bus giant First.

The Herald’s sources say the consortium sees the airport as a good investment.

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Cardiff Airport Flybe route changes

Press release by Cardiff Airport

In response to the news today from Flybe, Jon Horne, Chief Executive at Cardiff Airport, said:

“Flybe is a business undergoing huge change, as shown by the recent announcement regarding its restructuring and the closure of a number of operating bases. It’s unfortunate that the popular Cardiff to Glasgow and Paris routes will drop from its schedule from 19th January 2014 as a result of this process. The airline has however, just added four ski destinations from Cardiff.”

He went on to say: “We are already in discussion with a number of airlines regarding the opportunity to pick up the Glasgow and Paris routes, which currently handle 46,000 and 29,000 passengers respectively per annum. Our focus is on securing an alternative carrier as soon as possible in order to avoid any break in service.”

Concluding, Mr Horne said: “We will also continue to work closely with Flybe and explore with them other route opportunities from Cardiff as their restructuring process continues.”

On 21st December, Flybe is adding four new ski destinations to its flight programme from Cardiff to Chambéry, Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon. Booking is available now at www.flybe.com, with one way fares from £34.99 including taxes and charges.

Flybe also operates services to Belfast City, Edinburgh, and Jersey.


Airparks Management goes into administration

Airparks Luton, Birmingham and Gatwick will run as usualOne Airparks site has closed and another taken over after Airparks Management Limited (AML) entered administration yesterday.

The Glasgow site closed following the collapse of the company, which is owned independently but leases its name from Holiday Extras Investment Limited.

The Gatwick site will now continue to trade under new management but will continue to use the Airparks name.

HEIL’s owned sites in Luton and Birmingham have not been affected and will continue to trade under the Airparks name. Its website is also trading as usual.

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Air cargo rises by 50% at Glasgow

Plane landing at airport
 All of Scotland’s major airports recorded an increase in passenger numbers during Septemb

The amount of cargo passing through Glasgow airport rose by 50% last month while passengers numbers at all of Scotland’s major airports also increased.

Edinburgh Airport recorded the steepest rise of 9% compared with 2012 and said it was the “busiest September ever”.

Almost a million passengers made their way through the capital’s airport.

There was a 3.8% increase in the passengers travelling through Glasgow airport and a 6.3% rise for Aberdeen.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Since May we’ve experienced more passengers travelling through Edinburgh Airport than ever before, this has been our most successful summer on record, with September being no exception.

“We’ve had a massive growth this summer, having also just reported our strongest quarter on record.”

Managing director of Glasgow Airport, Amanda McMillan, said: “It is very encouraging to be able to follow what was our best summer in five years with further passenger growth in September.

“There were a number of events within Glasgow during September, including the Liberal Democrats autumn conference, which contributed to a strong demand for domestic services and with the SSE Hydro now open, the city can look forward to attracting even more large-scale events.”

Meanwhile, during the same month London Heathrow had a 3.4% rise in passengers and warned it was full.

A commission is currently investigating airport capacity and Heathrow is campaigning for permission to build an additional runway.

Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews said: “Without a larger hub airport, the UK can expect to fall behind in the global race for trade, jobs and economic growth.”

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