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City unites behind bid for easyJet flights from Glasgow Airport to European cities

29.08.05

Council, tourism and Glasgow airport bosses have united behind a bid for new easyJet flights to European cities - including Berlin. They are said to have put together an 'exciting package' to temp the low-cost airline to lay on extra services to major city destinations.

easyJet already flies from Glasgow to London Stansted, Belfast, Bristol and Amsterdam, and earlier this week it announced weekly flights to skiing city Geneva. However, the airport has struggled to attract the levels of subsidies that the Scottish Executive used this week to encourage the airline to launch a daily service from Edinburgh to Geneva.

Glasgow airport and its owners, BAA, have been working closely with the cities marketing bureau to put together a package of support they hope will lure the airline. BAA has offered discounts to easyJet, and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is said to have offered a 'city council war chest' to help the airline advertise new routes.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's chief executive, Scott Taylor, said: 'The competition for routes is very fierce, but we hope to lure easyJet to fly to a greater number of destinations from Glasgow airport. We are confident that, over time, easyJet will continue to invest and support Glasgow.' But she stressed that they were looking for 'major city destinations' - especially in Germany - and not sunshine resorts.

Donald Morrison, Glasgow Airport spokesman, said: 'We're talking to easyJet about developing new European routes out of Glasgow. The new flights to Geneva are hopefully just a first step.'

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