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Glasgow Airport expects a record breaking summer


Glasgow airport is gearing up for record breaking passenger numbers this summer. Airport bosses expect record numbers this Friday, the day Scotland's schools break up and the traditional start to the peak summer period, and to beat last years 1 million passenger month.

Last summer Glasgow Airport became the first Scottish airport to handle more than 1 million passengers in a single month, but the airport looks set to top those figures in 2005. Over the next few days it estimates that 167,000 people will walk through its doors. On Friday alone 37,500 passengers are expected, making it the busiest day of the year so far.

Glasgow Airport managing director, Stephen Baxter, said: 'This summer will be our busiest ever, which is good news for the airport and the local economy. The volume of passengers presents a challenge, but we've worked hard to ensure we have the capacity to meet it.

The airport has recruited an extra 60 seasonal staff, including security personnel, technical support staff, and public information guides. Check-in and arrivals should be faster this year too, as BAA has invested in technology, extra check-in facilities and bag reclaim systems.

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