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Glasgow Airport has busiest day ever in busiest month ever

06.08.05

Glasgow Airport had the busiest day in its 39-year history in July, as passenger numbers topped the one million mark for the second time in its history. Figures released yesterday by BAA also show the Glasgow handled a record 1,055,935 passengers in July, the highest monthly figure ever recorded by a Scottish airport.

Passenger numbers at Glasgow airport grew by almost 5% in July, as thousands of holidaymakers took to the skies and the city welcomed visitors from the US, Europe and beyond. The start of the Glasgow Fair coincided with the airport's busiest day ever, with 41,616 passengers using the airport on 'Fair Friday'.

In July international passengers were up 9%, with Prague the fastest-growing destination, Barcelona, Dublin and Dubai performing well, and traditional sun spots including Tenerife and Las Palmas also popular. Southampton, Belfast International and Stansted were the best performing domestic routes.

Stephen Baxter, Glasgow Airport managing director, said: 'July was an exceptionally busy month, even by Glasgow Airport's standards. The traditional Fair fortnight is still a hugely popular time to take a break, and Fair Friday attracted a record number of holidaymakers.'

'Inwards tourism also enjoyed a boost last month as the city played host to major events such as the Scottish Open and the Special Olympics. Thousands of visitors, many of them from the US and Europe, arrived in Glasgow.'

In the 12 months to July, Glasgow handled 8.7m passengers. Last month airport bosses unveiled an ambitious £200m masterplan to become Scotland's national hub - capable of handling 24m passengers a year.

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