Official numbers have been revealed, Glasgow Airport boasts passenger numbers around 603,000 which is a 7.7% increase from February in 2016. The airport have also said they have seen a 20.3% rise in flights to European destinations such as Barcelona, Brussels and Paris.
Managing director Amanda McMillan said: “We’ve made a strong start to the year and our efforts to secure new routes and provide an even greater destination choice for our passengers continues. “Our European network continues to grow and will be strengthened significantly in 2017 with the launch of several new Ryanair routes, including Lisbon, Valencia and Palanga, in Lithuania, this month. “Services to Madrid, Frankfurt, Krakow and the Croatian city Zadar will follow later in the year. “The next two months will also see the introduction of new routes to Dubrovnik, Bergen and the launch of Delta’s new direct service to JFK.”
However, domestic flights showed a dip of 1.4% while long-haul services rose by 6.6%.
Glasgow Airport, which saw 9,327,193 passengers pass through their doors in 2016, has a busy range of both international and domestic destinations. London Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick are not only the most popular domestic routes, but actually the 3 most flown destinations from the Scottish airport. Amsterdam and Dubai are the airports most frequented international destinations.
Mr Mackay, the MSP that covers Glasgow Airport and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, said: “It is encouraging to see passenger growing at Glasgow Airport yet again in what has so far been a very successful year for the Airport. In a time of economic pressures, maintaining passenger numbers can be a challenge and this new increase in numbers is testament to the hard work of all the airport staff. Glasgow Airport is going from strength to strength which is good news for the whole of Renfrewshire. The Airport is a vital part of the local economy and any increase in passenger numbers has a positive knock on effect throughout the area.”