splits airports up into categories based upon passenger numbers with Glasgow Airport
falling into the third category - airports with between 5 and 10 million passengers. Glasgow was the fifth fastest growing airport in its group behind Milan, Gothenburg, Berlin and Porto.
Largest Ever Annual Increase
reported its largest ever annual increase in passenger numbers after more than 8.7 million passengers travelled through its doors in 2015, representing an annual increase of 13% - over one million additional passengers.
The airport, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, experienced unprecedented growth during each month of 2015, ensuring it was able to record its fifth consecutive year of growth and return its passenger numbers to pre-recession levels.
Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long haul airport
During 2015, the airport announced 30 new routes and services, significantly strengthened its connections to major European cities and cemented its position as Scotland’s principal long haul airport.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To have been confirmed as one of the top performing airports in Europe is a fantastic achievement. We worked extremely hard throughout 2015 to strengthen our route network and this was reflected in our passenger growth. We recorded double digit percentage growth during each month of 2015, bar one, and we are looking forward to building on this success during what is our golden anniversary year.”
Commenting on the wider aviation trends in Europe Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE, said: “2015 has been a very good year in terms of passenger traffic, with European airports welcoming an estimated 1.95 billion passengers. 20% of them achieved a double-digit increase, including Glasgow, and many broke new traffic records – mostly fuelled by the continued growth of low cost airlines and selected non-EU airlines.
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