From families jetting off for the school holidays to fans following Celtic to Munich, it was another big month for the airport
Glasgow Airport celebrated its busiest-ever October this year, with more than 928,000 travelling through its doors – a 5% increase on last year.
EU-scheduled flights were up 16% from 2016, thanks to additional capacity and strong demand for city breaks to places like Milan, Valencia and Lisbon.
Last month also saw the introduction of two new Ryanair routes to Madrid and Krakow.
International traffic was up 9.5% on last year with strong demand for winter sun holidays, and thousands of families jetted off for the October school break, with long-haul routes to North America and Dubai up 2.5%.
Another boost came from Celtic’s Champions League home and away double header against Bayern Munich, with a ‘significant’ number of fans travelling through to games.
And the addition of Flybe’s new London Southend Airport kept domestic flight numbers on par with 2016, taking the total number of daily flights between Glasgow and London to 32.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: ““It’s been another tremendous month for passenger growth and route development at the airport.
“Each month so far in 2017 has been a record breaker and our success is a direct result of the hard work and effort we put in to continually improving the airport’s route network to provide our customers with a greater destination choice.
“We’re thrilled to add both Madrid and Krakow to our growing list of EU-scheduled services and this year’s October school break was one of our busiest ever with more than 167,000 passengers heading off on their holidays from the airport.
“Looking ahead, November is already shaping up to be a really busy month with a number of events and conferences drawing visitors to the city.
“We also expect to see an increase in demand across many of our EU-scheduled services towards the end of the month as passengers head off for weekend breaks to explore traditional Christmas markets on routes such as Dusseldorf, Prague, Brussels, Berlin and now Munich.”