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100000 New Visitors to Scotland as Ryanair Links Glasgow with Stockholm

4 Apr 2003

New low fare of £19.99 one way including tax

Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline, today (Friday April 4) welcomed the first passengers from its ninth European base, Stockholm Skavsta.

This means Glasgow Prestwick now has eight Ryanair direct European routes, with the ninth service - to Barcelona Girona - starting on 22 May.

Kathryn Munro, Sales Manager Scotland and UK, was at Glasgow Prestwick to welcome the first passengers. She said: "Today is a fantastic day for Glasgow Prestwick airport and Ryanair.

"It's great to have yet another brilliant service connecting to one of the most attractive European cities. But more exciting is the fact that this service will bring in more Swedish passengers to Scotland than Scots departing.

"For many years now Sweden has longed for direct low cost access to Scotland. Swedes love everything about our country - even the midges in August! We urge Scottish tourism to get fully behind this service and extend them a warm welcome wherever they head off to.

"To celebrate this great occasion we have lowered the fare to £19.99 one way including tax to both Stockholm Skavsta and Barcelona Girona so that Scots can take advantage of our lowest offer yet and explore the two new cities.

"I urge you to get online immediately as these fares will disappear fast and when they're gone ..they're gone!"

Glasgow Prestwick Managing Director Tom Wilson said: "Following on the trend set by the Oslo route launched exactly a year ago, the Stockholm service will be another winner.

"Whilst other airports are having to retrench and try to adjust to the low cost revolution, Glasgow Prestwick, Scotland's fastest-growing airport, is flying ahead and providing Scotland with more and more direct low cost air connections."

Brian Houston, from the Board of VisitScotland, was also at Glasgow Prestwick to greet the first passengers. He said: " We are delighted to welcome this new route and are pleased to be working closely with Ryanair to promote it.

"Sweden is a market with great potential for Scotland and we have already been working to prepare the market for this new route through initiatives such as "Scotland in Sweden" and the VisitScotland Golf Challenge.

"Improved direct access from key markets is crucial for the development of leisure and business tourism to Scotland. It is important that we continue to build upon the increasing number of direct routes coming into Scotland."

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