Glasgow Airport is on the brink of registering its busiest year since 2008 after 618,583 people travelled through it last month, which has meant an annual growth of 7.7%.
International traffic increased by 12.2% and a factor that has helped this growth has been the new flights to eastern European cities (such as the flights to Budapest, Vilnius or Lublin).
Regarding domestic traffic, it also raised by 4.5%, with Flybe’s newly reinstated service to Exeter proving to be popular. In addition, easyJet–one of the most important airlines in Europe–answered to strong demand for its London flights by growing capacity on its Gatwick and Stansted services.
In November, Glasgow Airport also celebrated that the Airport Operators Association designated it as the Best Airport in the UK with 3-10 million passengers. This reward followed the airport’s success in securing both the UK and Scottish Airport of the Year titles in 2015.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2015 has been a fantastic year in terms of passenger growth. Our November figures not only guarantee we will end the year on a high, they will ensure we are in a strong position as we prepare to enter 2016, the airport’s 50th anniversary year. In addition to gearing up for the Christmas getaway, we have already seen a new service to Milan launch this month with easyJet and there is more to come before the end of the year. Later this month Blue Air and Wizz Air will both begin a new service to the Romanian capital of Bucharest and British Airways will start a new Saturday service to Salzburg for the ski season. An added bonus to round off the month was being named the Best Airport in the UK by our trade body, which makes us the first UK airport to hold the top three industry awards at the same time.”
It is important to highlight that over the last year, Glasgow Airport has secured 26 new routes and services. Moreover, in November easyJet announced a new service to Marseille for next summer and Ryanair launched a new flight to Berlin.