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Glasgow wants Scotland's busiest title back

11.01.08

Glasgow Airport is determined to get its title of Scotland's busiest airport back after being overtaken by Edinburgh for the first time last year. A total of 8.7 million passengers passed through Glasgow Airport last year - a fall of 1.1% on 2006 - whereas Edinburgh saw just over 9 million passengers - a 5% rise.

Donald Morrison, spokesman for the owner of both airports, BAA, said several factors, including the terror attack, a decline in charter flights and the global credit crisis, were to blame for Glasgow's falling passengers in 2007. He said: 'Obviously in the days after the attack a large number of flights were cancelled and we lost several thousand passengers. It was a factor but we don't think it will have a long-term effect. The other factors are more pressing.'

The airport also suffered one of its largest-ever monthly falls in passenger numbers last month, which it blamed on a drop in charter flight traffic and fears of strike action. The number of passengers using the airport fell 5% to 521,700 compared to a year ago. Passengers using Edinburgh Airport were up 3.6% in December to 622,400, and would have been higher without the threat of strike action, Mr. Morrison said.

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