Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest ever month as more than 1,082,000 passengers traveled through its doors in July 2017, a 6.2% increase on the same period the previous year.
International traffic grew by 10.1% with long-haul routes including Emirates’ daily double to Dubai, Delta Air Line’s New York-JFK flight and Virgin Atlantic’s direct Orlando, Florida, service reporting particularly strong demand.
EU-scheduled services were up 14% thanks to additional capacity on a number of routes including Alicante, Palma and Dusseldorf, while city-break destinations such as Berlin, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris also proved popular.
July saw thousands of travelers take to the skies bound for a number of European sun destinations including the Canary Islands, Ibiza, Faro, Greece, Croatia and the Costa del Sol. The airport also recorded its busiest day of the year so far on July 14, as 40,000 passengers passed through the terminal.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, “July is traditionally our busiest period of the year, but to record our busiest ever month in 51 years of operation is a significant achievement.
“We’ve set new passenger-number records in each month so far this year and our strong performance in 2017 is a result of our continued efforts to offer customers more choice through extra seats to popular routes and new destinations such as the new twice-weekly Ryanair service to Zadar launched last month.
“August is already proving busy thanks to large-scale events such as the return this week of the Piping Live festival and the World Pipe Band Championships. Both events are incredibly popular and will see the airport welcome thousands of visitors and participating musician from across the globe. We also expect the BWF World Championships to attract thousands of badminton fans when the tournament gets underway later this month.”