Glasgow Airport reports 4.9% increase in August passenger traffic

11 September 2014 (Last Updated September 11th, 2014 18:30)

The UK's Glasgow Airport has reported 4.9% increase in passenger traffic in August, when compared with the same period last year.

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The UK's Glasgow Airport has reported 4.9% increase in passenger traffic in August, when compared with the same period last year.

An estimated 782,000 passengers travelled through the airport in August.

The airport received the maximum number of passengers in the last six years during the summer months of June, July and August with a total of 2.5 million passengers. This number was an increase of 2.8% from the last year's numbers.

The rise was attributed to increasing passenger footfall is the Commonwealth Games, which were held in Glasgow this year.

"August was an extremely busy month for the airport and the city."

The airport also unveiled the expansion plans of Jet2.com for Glasgow, including four new routes to Prague, and a sixth based aircraft, which will see it operate its biggest ever flying programme from Glasgow Airport in 2015.

Ryanair will also launch its new base in October and has confirmed the operation of nine direct flights from Glasgow to Carcassone, France, and Chania, Crete.

Speaking about the airport's performance, Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said: "August was an extremely busy month for the airport and the city.

"We started the month by waving off the thousands of athletes who had descended on the city for the Commonwealth Games, which were a resounding success. This was quickly followed by events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and the UDO World Street Dance Championships, which attracted thousands of visitors to Glasgow.

"Despite the increase in numbers, it was one of our best summers in terms of operational performance with 99.6% of passengers passing through security in less than 10min during the summer months."


Image: An aerial view of Glasgow Airport. Photo: courtesy of Glasgow Airport.