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Glasgow Celebrates its 50th Birthday

This month, Glasgow Airport celebrated a very special birthday – it is indeed 50 years old.

Having moved from its original location of Renfrew, due to expansion, the former military air base at Abbotsinch was approved by Glasgow Corporation. And the rest, as they say, is history…

The airport went, 50 years ago, to handing just three flights in its infancy in the 1960s, to today handling over 30 flights.

Passengers have a wide choice of airlines and routes to over 110 destinations; with over 9 million passengers a year using the airport. That figure expected to be exceeded by the end of this year.

Ambitious and exciting growth is planned, as the airport looks forward to another 50 years.

Speaking about the anniversary birthday, Chief Executive, Amanda McMillan, said, “The changes have been dramatic. We support more than 7,000 jobs in the economy, and more than £190m GVA (gross value added), so the stats really give a powerful message.

“But I think more in day-to-day life everyone can see just how many people use the airport for leisure, business and visiting friends and family, it has a huge impact on Scotland.”

The airport handles around 9m passengers a year, but Ms McMillan said in the 50th anniversary year they expect to see record passenger numbers and there is a trajectory to take that to 10m a year, and beyond.