The first week of June produced a snapshot of the typical British summertime – one part sunshine, two parts torrential rain. It should come as no surprise then that many Britons are choosing to holiday abroad this year, rather than risk having their trip to the seaside interrupted by unpredictable weather.
UK airlines capitalise on this mass exodus to the continent and beyond by announcing their summer schedules early. Flybe, for example, unveiled its summer routes out of Leeds-Bradford in October 2009, much to the delight of local travellers. Thomson has done one better this year, however, by unveiling its summer 2011 flight roster a full year early.
Routes from Glasgow to Pula in coastal Croatia, the West African island of Cape Verde, and the tropical paradise of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will begin on 14 May and run until the end of October 2011. The destinations should provide travellers with better value for money than the more popular resorts in the European Union.
Thomson, which was recently named ‘Best Leisure Airline’ at the World Airline Awards in Hamburg, Germany, will offer the flights through its package holiday arm. Glasgow Airport director, Amanda McMillan, expects the popularity of all-inclusive holidays to grow over the next few years, ‘Holidaymakers appear to be returning to the traditional package holiday because of the value for money and the choice of destinations they serve,’ Amanda explained. ‘Thomson’s new flights are good news for holidaymakers’. The new destinations are just one of a number of changes expected at Glasgow in the future.
On the 8 June, airport bosses will introduce a £2m scheme designed to reduce congestion and improve access around the Abbotsinch hub. Contractors will redevelop a number of roads in the immediate area, helping to reduce waiting times, and driving vehicle emissions down. The airport hopes that the new road layout will give Glasgow the ‘look and feel’ of a major international hub.