Route development at Glasgow Airport
21 July 2016 • Author(s): François Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport
As one of Europe’s fastest growing airports with a catchment area of 2.3 million people and more than 8.7 million passengers travelling through annually, Glasgow Airport is working tirelessly to ensure its route network supplies the ever-increasing demand. Commercial Director, François Bourienne, reveals the airport’s current and future growth plans.
Glasgow Airport reported its largest ever annual increase in passenger numbers in 2015 after more than 8.7 million passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 13% which equates to over one million additional passengers. The airport experienced unprecedented growth during each month of the year – a trend which has continued during the first three months of 2016.
2016 marks the airport’s 50th anniversary and it is expecting passenger numbers to exceed nine million for the first time. Much of this growth has been due to Glasgow Airport’s success in attracting new airlines and services. In 2015 more than 30 new routes were secured which have significantly strengthened the airport’s connections to major European cities and cemented its position as Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.
As Scotland’s largest city, there are many reasons why airlines want to fly to Glasgow – a city described as the economic powerhouse of Scotland. With 2.3 million potential customers within a 60 minute drive, the airport provides airlines with a large scale opportunity to grow. The city makes the highest contribution to Scottish GVA of any Scottish city, with more than 30,000 registered businesses which have a combined annual turnover of £31 billion.
Glasgow Airport has a significant role to play in welcoming international visitors for major sporting competitions, business conferences and international events. 2014 was punctuated by a series of major events including the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, both of which helped to ensure a fantastic sporting legacy for the city, while in 2015 Glasgow hosted the internationally-acclaimed Turner Prize art competition, the IPC Swimming Championships and the World Gymnastics Championships. These events have marked a real step-change for the city and subsequently the airport; increasing the reputation of both on a global scale. In 2018 the European Championships will come to Glasgow – another event that is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors…