Encouraging figures for Scotland’s airports

By Niall Christie

The number of passenger flying from Glasgow to prime European destinations rose by more than a fifth last year.

Flights to Valencia, Paris and Berlin were packed out as passengers added to an overall increase of 7% traffic through the city’s airport.

March was the site’s busiest month, with more than 700,000 people passing through their doors.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Our continued growth is a direct result of our efforts in securing new routes and services for our passengers.

“If the city and Scotland are to continue to attract further visitors and enjoy the associated economic uplift, then it’s important we address the high levels of Air Passenger Duty which put our airports at a severe disadvantage when it comes to competing with our European and global counterparts.”

Glasgow Prestwick airport also experienced a promising year, with growth of up to 11% year to year.

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport has seen impressive growth over the last year

The provincial airport, which has been having trouble encouraging companies to bring long-haul flights to the area, has experienced a resurgence and benefitted from an expansion in its domestic business.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Airport remained the busiest in Scotland, with footfall up by 4% to 956,000, with Aberdeen also increasing by 1%.

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