14.2% increase in monthly passenger numbers
Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest June on record after 905,689 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an annual increase of 14.2% and ensuring the airport was able to record its 28th consecutive month of growth.
International traffic grew by 15.6%, with Ryanair reporting increased demand on its European routes and Germanwings experiencing a busy month on its Dusseldorf service. Long haul carriers WestJet and American Airlines also reported consistently high loads on their trans-Atlantic services, and Emirates reported strong demand for its double daily service to Dubai.
Domestic traffic grew by 12.2% due to significant increases in demand for services to London. British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair all responded by putting on additional seats, resulting in a 15% increase to the UK capital compared to the same period last year. An increase in demand for a number of regional services, including Belfast and Bristol, also contributed to the month’s domestic growth.
June marked the start of the school summer holiday season and passenger numbers were boosted by the summer getaway which saw more than 160,000 travellers take to the skies over the final weekend of the month. Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “June has always been a busy month at the airport with the arrival of the school holidays, but this year we were busier than ever as we continue to enjoy unprecedented levels of growth in our passenger numbers. From a route development perspective, we saw the launch of new flights to Budapest and Bordeaux, and easyJet announced a new direct flight to Milan starting in December this year.
“Despite passenger numbers approaching the one million mark, June was one of our best months from an operational perspective with 99.77% of passengers passing through security in less than 10 minutes and 97.13% passing through in under 5 minutes.
“This month is set to be even busier as the city hosts the IPC Swimming World Championships, and we will also welcome visitors from across the globe for the Scottish and British Opens at Gullane and St Andrews.”