This excellent news couldn´t have come at a better moment, as Glasgow Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary. For all these years, the details haven’t ceased to improve. On the contrary, in 2016 Glasgow Airport achieved a historical record, in which more than 9 million passengers travelled through the airport during a rolling 12-month period.
Regarding the number of passengers that travelled through this Airport in May, it has represented an increased of 5.5% on the same period last year. It is important to highlight that it means another record, since last month witnessed the busiest May in its history, with almost 830,000 people travelling through its doors.
National and international traffic increased by 5% and 5.9% respectively. Thanks to the introduction of new services to Newquay, Cardiff and Exeter by Flybe, domestic flights increased. In addition, the strong demand for European destinations (including Berlin, Milan, Bucharest and Budapest) helped international traffic grow.
Amanda McMillan, chief executive of AGS Airports and managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Surpassing nine million passengers is a landmark for the airport and to have achieved this in our 50th anniversary year makes it particularly special.
“Our success in strengthening our connectivity with key European cities has generated significant demand from passengers which is reflected in May’s figures. We have always had a strong track record in long haul due to the huge population surrounding Glasgow Airport, which provides a catchment of 2.3 million people. This is recognised by airlines and last month Air Transat launched its direct service to Montreal, Canada in what was a first for Scotland.
“Air Canada Rouge will launch its direct flights to Toronto this month and we received welcome news that Delta will introduce flights to New York-JFK in 2017. These routes will play a major role in supporting our growing tourism industry and provide Scottish businesses with direct links to important global markets.”
Undoubtedly, these figures are proof of the unstoppable growth that Glasgow Airport is undergoing, which helps shareholders decide to invest their money in airport car parking investments.