A record year for Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport marked its busiest ever year in 2017 with a record 9.9 million passengers.

The extra traffic added up to an annual increase of 5.8%, compared to 2016.

Last year saw Glasgow Airport grow its destination list considerably, with Ryanair adding new routes and services which enabled passengers to travel to Madrid, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Krakow and Valencia.

Glasgow is now undoubtedly Scotland’s leading long-haul airport, adding a new direct service to New York’s JFK airport last year through Delta Air. It also saw record-breaking numbers for its daily double Dubai service, while extra services to Orlando were added too.

Another long-haul coup came for Glasgow when it became the only airport in Scotland to run a direct service from Seoul, through Korean Air. In fact, this service made a comeback with an extra capacity of 25% more seats.

The month of December saw in excess of 618,000 people travelling through Glasgow Airport. This was slightly less than 2016, due to adverse weather conditions.

Christmas markets in Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Krakow were a hit with Glasgow Airport passengers, as were winter sun spots like the Canary Islands. This added up to a 2.3% increase in international traffic, compared to the same period in 2016.

 

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2017 was a fantastic year for the airport. To carry more than 9.9 million passengers is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work put in by more than 5000 people across the airport.

“It was also particularly pleasing that we were able to considerably increase our connectivity, particularly across Europe, by securing more than 30 routes and services during the year.

“Over the last 12 months we also made considerable improvements to the airport by investing more than £25 million on a number of successful projects including the resurfacing of the runway, increasing aircraft stand capacity and the opening of our new consolidated car rental centre. Phase one of the expansion project to increase our Central Search security area by 20 per cent also got underway in December and should be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

“While Glasgow Airport enters 2018 in a position of strength, the wider aviation industry faces a number of challenges in the year ahead. These challenges will be particularly heightened by the Brexit situation, so it’s important we have clarity as early as possible on how the UK’s future relationship with the European Union will work.”

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