It was congratulations all round for Glasgow Airport on Monday (02/05/16) as they celebrated 50 years since the day they opened. With new routes to Jamaica and Cape Verde recently announced, the airport’s success is definitely something to shout about.
As a way of marking the Milestone Birthday, the airport decided to recreate the first time a plane ever landed at the airport. The plane was a six seater Piper Cherokee and the man in charge was Capt. Kenneth Foster. This venture into the airport actually took place on 1st May 1966, the day before the airport officially opened because Capt. Foster wanted to check everything was in order for the first commercial flights the following day. He wrote: “We found a few of the approach lights were not accurately aligned and required adjustment by the contractors…”. With the issues fixed, “a ministry car drove along the runway to check that any incoming flights could land on “the pristine runway”.
With Glasgow Airport receiving continuing support from Loganair, Icelandair and Aer Lingus, among many others, the airport has seen “significant progress over the years”, the former Loganair chairman, Scott Grier, told BBC News.
The Chief Executive of Glasgow Airport, Amanda McMillan, said: “It started with just three airlines, and now we have over 30, flying to over 110 destinations”, to which she also added that they “support more than 7,000 jobs” meaning it has a huge impact on Scotland as a whole. We are so excited to see what Glasgow Airport can achieve in the next 50 years.
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