Airport fills gap left by Zoom and XL
Glasgow Airport has almost filled the gap of 180,000 passengers left by the collapse of Zoom and holiday firm XL. Zoom flew five Canadian routes from Glasgow and XL operated more than a dozen routes to the Mediterranean and Orlando. However, Zoom's capacity has been taken up by Canadian Affair and Flyglobespan, whilst about 88% of unfilled seats from XL's collapse have been filled by Scottravel and Teleticket.
The airport has revealled that it has secured thousands of extra seats for 2009 and is in discussions with other airlines to add more flights. Canadian Affair will operate 11 flights a week to Toronto plus weekly flights to Calgary and Vancouver, while airline Flyglobespan will also offer flights to Canada. Charter airline Teleticket will provide extra capacity to Dalaman, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Paphos and Alicante, while Turkey specialist Scottravel is adding flights to Dalaman.
Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport managing director, said: ‘The loss of Zoom and XL within weeks of each other was a significant blow, and came at a difficult time for the airline industry. The credit squeeze and falling demand has seen airlines reduce capacity and ground aircraft in order to save money.'
‘Despite these challenges, we have worked hard to recover the lost capacity, with impressive results. The gap left by Zoom has been completely filled, and we are well on our way to filling the gap left by XL, with a number of existing airlines already confirming increased programmes in 2009, and discussions on further capacity continuing.’
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