Glasgow Airport reveals best October in 50 years

Last month was the busiest October in 50 years at Glasgow Airport as 884,350 passengers travelled through.

This is an increase of 5.7% on October 2015.

Ryanair and Thomson Airways launched new services to satisfy passengers’ urge for winter sun, contributing to a boost of 8.3% in international traffic, compared to the same month the previous year.

Long-haul services continue to perform well at Glasgow, with a considerable boom in demand for flights to destinations like Florida and Dubai.

Flights within the European Union increased by 16%, when compared to October 2015.

Major international events form a significant part of Glasgow Airport’s success – and October was no exception.

A Champions League fixture between Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach saw Germanwings increase capacity, as German football fans made the trip to the city in their thousands.

Business and leisure trips to London saw domestic traffic increase by 2.4% on last year.

Easyjet and Flybe put on additional services to Bristol and Belfast, boosting regional routes from Glasgow.

October saw another record-breaking statistic for Glasgow. The airport had its busiest October half term break in a decade, as more than 160,000 people jetted off for the school holidays.

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “It’s been another fantastic month for the airport in terms of passenger growth and route development, which included five new Ryanair destinations and our first-ever year round service to Cape Verde from Thomson Airways.

”We are continuing to welcome an increasing number of visitors to Glasgow and Scotland. This in part is due to the city’s success in securing large scale events such as last week’s MOBO awards which help promote the inbound tourism potential of Glasgow and the wider city region.”