Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the news that Glasgow Airport was able to record yet another month of growth in passenger numbers, with over 576,000 people travelling through the Airport in April 2014. This represents an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period last year, with domestic and international traffic up 2.4% and 7.9% respectively.
Ms McTaggart also tabled a motion at the Scottish Parliament congratulating the Airport on this achievement.
She said “This is yet more good news for Glasgow Airport and for the city. It’s a massive year for Glasgow with the Commonwealth Games coming up in the summer and also Radio 1s Big Weekend, in addition to the many events that are already taking place in the city.
It was great to see the Airbus 380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, touch down in Glasgow recently to celebrate 10 years of Emirates serving Scotland which topped off a great Easter period for the airport. It’s going to be a big summer for both the airport and the city with people jetting off on their holidays and visiting the city so I wish everyone at the airport the best of luck and look forward to seeing similarly impressive results in the future.”
Motion Number: S4M-10029
Lodged By: Anne McTaggart
Date Lodged: 12/05/2014
Title: Passenger Numbers Continue to Rise at Glasgow Airport
That the Parliament notes that passenger numbers at Glasgow Airport rose by 4.9% in April 2014, that over 576,300 people travelled through the airport, with domestic and international traffic up 2.4% and 7.9% respectively compared with the same period last year; believes that the airport is continuing to benefit hugely from international events hosted by Scotland, including BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games; considers that the second phase of the airport’s extensive £17 million investment programme, which will transform large areas of the terminal ahead of the Commonwealth Games, will reinforce its position as Scotland’s largest charter hub and encourage growth in the tourism sector; understands that 7,300 jobs across Scotland are supported by the airport, and commends management and staff on their successful efforts to retain the business of 30 international airlines that fly from Glasgow to over 100 destinations worldwide.