18 JUNE 2012
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Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport is climbing with almost 660,000 people travelling through the airport in May 2012, representing an increase of 9.8% compared to the same period last year.
A boost in demand for both international and domestic travel, which grew by 8.4% and 11.4% respectively, ensured it was another busy month for the airport which has celebrated the launch of Emirates Airlines’ second daily direct flight to Dubai.
Part of the increase can be attributed to the impact of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud which caused disruption for travellers in May 2011. However, after adjusting for ash, passenger growth was still significant at 6.2%. With Edinburgh, unlike Glasgow, no longer part of BAA, the fact that the western lowland airport is now heavily marketing itself in competition could also be a contributing factor. Edinburgh grew 2.2% and overall BAA stagnated.
Other welcome additions in May to Glasgow Airport’s list of destinations included Jet2.com’s new services to Ibiza, Crete and Rhodes, and holiday firm France Travel Services’ flights to Lyon, Nantes and Paris. www.glasgowairport.com www.baa.com
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