16 Apr 2008
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
GPIA’s passengers rose 6% to 192,142 in March 2008 over March 2007, with full 2008 year passengers totalling 2,426,630 passengers, a marginal improvement on 2007.
The airport’s six Polish connections and Ryanair’s Barcelona and Murcia services were the strongest routes, although the passenger total was boosted by the Easter weekend falling during the month.
Glasgow Prestwick handled 3,260 tonnes of freight in March, up 5% on March last year and a 34% improvement on the February performance.
Atlas Polar had a particularly strong month against the prior year, while new operator Cargoitalia made three rotations during the month.
The total FY08 freight volume of 31,735 tonnes marks a 4% increase on the FY07 performance.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond visited Glasgow Prestwick on March 11 to attend the launch of a new study into the economic benefits of the airport.
The study, jointly commissioned by Infratil Airports Europe, South Ayrshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, found that Glasgow Prestwick accounts for nearly 3,000 jobs in Scotland.
It also revealed that total expenditure associated with the airport is more than £200 million per annum, with £173 million generated by visitors to Scotland.
Mr Salmond also said the visit reflected his Government’s gratitude towards the airport for its swift and effective response to the attempted terrorist attack on Glasgow Abbotsinch in June 2007.
Planning approval has been granted for a new car parking facility on the site of the former Prestwick Golf Driving Range which was acquired in 2006.
Kent International handled 3,602 tonnes of freight in March – an improvement of 992 tonnes and 38% on March 2007.
Once again all scheduled freight carriers improved on their prior year freight performance.
The airport handled 32,624 tonnes of freight during FY08 – 26% up on the FY07 total, with all scheduled carriers showing an increase over this period.
Lübeck Airport handled 42,654 passengers in March 2008, down 15% on March 2007.
This downturn is also reflected on an annual basis - the FY08 passenger total of 568,432 down 15% against FY07.
Wizz Air’s Gdansk route showed a 25% improvement on March 2007 and the return of Ryanair’s Dublin route on March 15, on a seasonal basis, has shown encouraging early signs with strong loads.
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