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Glasgow airport passenger numbers up 1.2 percent in October


The number of passengers using Scotland's 3 busiest airports rose to more than 20 million in a 12 month period for the first time, BAA said today. New passenger numbers show in the year to October passenger numbers at Aberdeen Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport rose by 5.1 percent to more than 20 million.

BAA said that 1.9 million passengers used the three airports last month, up 3.5 percent on the same month last year. The increase is being attributed to the growth in international travel which rose by 5.9 percent, the result of a number of new European and long-haul routes.

Glasgow Airport was Scotland's busiest in October, handling 868,417 passengers, a rise of 1.2 percent. International services grew by 4.6 percent with Prague, Barcelona, Las Palmas and Tenerife among the most popular destinations.

Donal Dowds, managing director of BAA Scotland, said: 'It is a remarkable reflection of the growth of air travel that our three airports are now handling 20 million passengers. This is almost twice as many as they handled just 10 years ago.'

'This underlines the importance of our airports to Scotland, both in terms of the substantial economic contribution they make, and their role as Scotland's principal gateways.'

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