Glasgow Airport is determined to win back the title of Scotland’s busiest airport, an accolade currently held by Edinburgh. £25 million is to be spent between now and the end of the year on upgrading and updating the main terminal building in order to improve the whole experience for passengers. According to the airport’s managing director, it will be a “21st century gateway for the west of Scotland.”
The new Skyhub will be excellent news for passengers who, from October, will be channelled through a single security zone complete with hi-tech capabilities. Room will also be made for new shops, bars and restaurants as an important part of BAA’s £200 million investment in the airport over the next ten years.
Passenger numbers have gone up by 60% in the last decade and projected figures show that no fewer than 24 million passengers could be passing through Glasgow Airport by 2030, attracted by the increase in numbers of long haul flights, new scheduled international flights, and the improved facilities.
This spring, routes to the Canadian cities of Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver are to be introduced, whilst later in the year flights will leave Glasgow for Cardiff, Newquay, Plymouth, La Rochelle in France and Faro, gateway airport for Portugal’s Algarve. Scotland’s most successful intercontinental route, Glasgow to Dubai, is evidence of the airport’s potential; over half a million passengers travelled on the Emirates route in the first three years of its operation.
The massive investment is not only good news for passengers but also for the economy and, in particular, employment in the area. Currently 5300 people work at the airport but 7000 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the revamp.