United Airlines marks 20 year anniversary of Glasgow to New York service

United Airlines is marking 20 years since the launch of its direct link from Glasgow Airport to New York.

The Glasgow to New York/Newark route marked its 20th-anniversary last week, two decades after the first flight took off back in 1988.

Originally launched under Continental Airlines, the rebranded United Airlines has transported more than 2.1 million passengers on 14,000 flights over the Atlantic.

As well as carrying Glasgow Airport passengers directly to New York, the service has connected passengers to 70 connections across the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

The Glasgow to New York service runs on a 169-seater Boeing 757-200. From April 20 2019, the daily summer route will return to Glasgow Airport five days earlier than it has in previous years. This means more passengers than ever before can travel to New York from Glasgow Airport next summer.

Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing Development at AGS Airports Ltd, parent company of Glasgow Airport, said: “New York is one of Glasgow Airport’s most popular destinations, which is clear when you see that United Airlines has carried a phenomenal 2.1m passengers, not to mention some of Scotland’s most famous produce including whisky and sea food, during the last 20 years.

“We look forward to celebrating a further milestone when the route returns in April next year to mark 21 years of connecting Glasgow with New York and beyond.”

Bob Schumacher, United Airlines Managing Director U.K. and Ireland, said: “We are proud to serve Glasgow and the people of Scotland for all these years.  Since 1998, our service has allowed our customers from the west of Scotland to take advantage of our extensive route network from our New York/Newark hub to destinations across the Americas.”

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United Airlines marks 20 year anniversary of Glasgow to New York service