Airport News

18th May 2017
Gatwick has topped the 44m passenger mark for the first year ever (Source: Getty)

Glasgow Airport records 50th consecutive month of growth

BOSSES at Glasgow Airport are on a high after the Paisley-based terminal recorded its 50th consecutive month of growth. Latest figures show more than 786,000 passengers jetted off from the airport last month. It was the busiest April on record, with an 8.9 per cent increase in customers compared to the same period last year. There was an 18 per cent increase in international traffic, with strong demand for the airport’s new European destinations, such as Valencia and Lisbon. Amanda McMillan, the airport’s managing director, said: “In addition to growing our European network, we have been working hard to consolidate our long-haul offering. “Both American Airlines and WestJet will return later this month and we also […]
12th May 2017
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Retail expansion complements passenger surge at London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport enjoyed another brisk month of passenger growth after welcoming more than 1.3m travellers through its doors last month. The South East airport, which has been gradually building impressive numbers in recent years, saw a 16% increase year-on-year in the number of passengers utilising the airport as it embarks on its wide-ranging expansion plans. LLA has already expanded retail space at the airport, increasing the number of retail and restaurant units with the addition of a new Bella Italia restaurant and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, with healthy fast food brand FRISKA and high-street cafe chain Benugo set to open in the summer. Meanwhile, the airport has its sights set on surpassing the 18m annual passenger […]
12th May 2017
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Incredible timelapse video shows a day in the life of the busiest runway in the WORLD with 24 hours crunched into just three minutes of footage

It shows the runway at London Gatwick as up to 55 planes an hour take off The video was released to celebrate the busiest-ever April in Gatwick’s history During this month 3.8million passengers travelled through the airport It’s the world’s busiest runway as you’ve never seen it before. This mesmerising timelapse footage shows the runway at London Gatwick as up to 55 planes an hour take off and land. The never-before-seen video was shot over a period of 24 hours, but has been sped-up into a three-minute spectacle. At night the glowing planes look like a meteor shower bombarding the runway. The daytime segment reveals planes big and small hurrying back and forth to the gates, […]
12th May 2017
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Glasgow Airport records 50th consecutive month growth as nearly 800,000 passengers travel through its doors

The footfall represents an increase of 8.9 per cent on the same period last year. Glasgow Airport reported its busiest April on record after more than 786,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month. The footfall represents an increase of 8.9 per cent on the same period last year. The increase in international traffic ensured the airport was also able to record its 50 consecutive month of growth. There was strong demand for the airport’s growing list of European destinations including Ryanair’s new services to Valencia, Lisbon and the Lithuanian city of Palanga. April marked the start of the busy summer season with a number of airlines including Jet2 and Thomas Cook adding extra capacity. […]
9th May 2017
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Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flight

Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) has today (9 May) announced that it will manage the upcoming Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport hotel undertaken by Polcom Developments. The hotel is expected to open early in 2018. The new 250 bedroom modular build hotel will be situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Luton Airport’s departure lounge, and will boast thoughtfully designed guestrooms that promote comfort and productivity, plus a bar, bistro and gym. Polcom Developments has already begun building the hotel rooms at its factory in Gdansk, Poland and, when ready, they’ll be transported to the hotel site ready for construction. RBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which already counts Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh and […]
17th April 2017
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Thirst for transatlantic flights pushes Gatwick to break passenger world record

A spike in long-haul passengers to North America has helped Gatwick Airport smash a world record for passenger at a single-runway airport. The airport passed the 44m passengers a year mark last Saturday driven by demand long-haul routes, particularly transatlantic ones. The number of passengers on such flights rose 47pc to 2.87m during the year to end of March as 20 new long-haul routes were launched from the airport. The West Sussex airport also enjoyed a surge in the amount of cargo it handled, with it rising 16pc to 81,138 metric tonnes, suggesting there is strong demand for hold space on long-haul flights from importers and exporters. Stewart Wingate, Gatwick chief executive, said: “We saw a […]