Kiss Flights is to add twelve new routes for Glasgow Airport. The news comes just days after Thomas Cook augmented its Scottish schedules with six flights to the continent, helping to repair the hole left by the collapse of Flyglobespan.
Glasgow Airport will be the airline’s first hub outside England. Kiss will operate the new routes on a code share basis with other carriers, including Swedish company, Viking Airlines.
Destinations in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus in the Mediterranean, and Turkey in the Near East, have all been added to Glasgow’s timetables, mirroring those announced by Thomas Cook earlier in the month.
Kiss director, Paul Moss, revealed that the new routes were the result of heavy pressure from the travel industry, encouraging the young airline to set up shop in Scotland. Glasgow bosses noted that Kiss was the ‘first of many’ airlines due to arrive at the airport over the coming weeks.
Amanda McMillan, director at Glasgow, was full of praise for Kiss Flights – “Kiss is a new name, but the airline has a great deal of past experience in the UK travel industry, and they have made a significant commitment to Glasgow Airport this year.”
Both Thomas Cook and Kiss will begin offering their ‘summer sun’ flights between June and August 2010 – the busiest period of the year for airlines. Barrhead Travel, a tour operator, will also be providing flights to the continent, using aircraft borrowed from British Airways.
Experts predict that as many as 700,000 flights a year disappeared when Flyglobespan went bust. The next twelve months could prove critical to the survival of Glasgow Airport.