12 AUGUST 2013
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Owned by New Zealand airport operator Infratil, Glasgow Prestwick Airport seems to be making a comeback in terms of passenger numbers. The airport has been up for sale since March 2012 with no takers.
Just over 140,000 people passed through the terminal last month, a 20,000 (10%) increase on June this year. The July numbers were boosted by Ryanair's decision to add more flights to Alicante, Faro and Malaga. The steady rise in passengers at the height of the summer programme continues the welcome upwards trend in 2013 which started with January passenger numbers increasing by 31% over January 2012.
Paula Horne, Glasgow Prestwick's Passenger Development Manager, is confident passenger numbers will remain strong through the rest of the summer.
"Being the only airport in Scotland with its own railway station and offering all passengers half-price rail travel from/to anywhere in Scotland are major factors in our success this summer. We've seen a year of continued month-on-month growth and the next few months will provide an additional boost as Scots continue on their summer breaks. It's also good to see Ryanair flying their aircraft at or close to full capacity from Glasgow Prestwick”.
In 2005 the airport moved 2.4m passengers. The figure for last year was just one million. www.glasgowprestwick.com
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