Last week, Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest day of the year, as Scottish schools let their students out for the summer holidays. The hub helped around 33,000 people to their destinations on Friday, and 100,000 over the weekend as a whole, yet travel experts continue to warn of another ‘staycation.’
Recent figures indicate that Palma, Tenerife, and Alicante in Spain were the most popular routes served by Glasgow, with Dalaman, Turkey, close behind. The airport was optimistic about a series of new destinations being offered by UK tour operators, Kiss Flights and Barrhead Travel, who have recently set up shop at the Scottish airport.
Glasgow’s director, Amanda McMillan, was delighted with the busy weekend – ‘It is fantastic to see so many holidaymakers passing through the airport, particularly given the challenges faced by the aviation industry.’ Amanda said that travellers had defied the credit crunch to spend time away from Britain’s unreliable weather.
Despite warnings of a ‘double-dip’ recession, it seems likely that Britons will continue to holiday abroad during the summer, especially if a recent survey by Tesco is to be believed. The shopping giant found that a week in Limassol, Cyprus, came in at £470 cheaper than a week in Brighton.
Holidays in Bodrum, Turkey, Budapest in Hungary, Warsaw in Poland, and Ljubljana in Slovenia were also less expensive than England’s famous resort. The city of Sofia, Bulgaria, offered the best value for money, costing half of what a family of four could expect to pay for a week in Brighton.
If prices at foreign resorts continue to fall, the Scottish government could find itself out of pocket – ministers recently invested £5m in the Visit Scotland initiative, designed to drum up interest in local resorts.