2015 has been the best year for Glasgow Airport in its history regarding the number of passengers that have passed its gates. During the last 12 months, more than 8.7 million people have travelled through the airport, which means an annual increase of 13% compared to the previous period (over one million additional passengers).
The most exciting detail about the month-on-month passenger increase throughout last year is that the statistics confirmed all predictions that 2015 was going to hit record levels. In addition, Glasgow Airport has achieved to register its fifth year of growth in succession, so that passenger levels have returned to those of pre-recession.
A fact that has surely helped to achieve this new record has been the 30 new routes and services that the airport announced over the past year, which have reinforced its connections with the most important cities in the rest of Europe and consolidated its position as the main airport in Scotland. These new routes have encouraged both international and national traffic (16.8% and 9% respectively). In addition, the airport trade body ACI Europe has listed Glasgow Airport as one of the fastest growing airports in the continent.
It is important to highlight that almost 570,000 passengers crossed the doors of this airport in December 2015, which means an increase of 10.1% (compared to 2014) and the busiest ever December. During this time, the national traffic increased by 5.3% and international traffic by 16.4%.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2015 was exceptional in so many respects and we start our golden anniversary year in an incredibly strong position. Welcoming an additional one million passengers through our doors last year was a huge accomplishment, but by far the most pleasing aspect was the extent to which we bolstered our connections to European cities such as Budapest, Prague, Milan and Bucharest. 2016 marks the airport’s 50th anniversary and we are determined to ensure this year makes the history books. Over the coming months we will welcome two major flag carriers in the form of Air Canada Rouge and Air France, and a new service to Montreal will commence with Air Transat. With these airlines, and others, coming on board we anticipate that 2016 will be our busiest year ever – topping nine million passengers for the first time in our history and putting us on a trajectory towards 10 million. As well as developing our growing route network, we will also continue to invest in our terminal and facilities in 2016 and will shortly unveil details of our terminal redevelopment plan.”
In 2016, Glasgow Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary and hopefully, at the end of this year, the figures regarding passengers will surpass those of this year yet again!