4 Jun 2003
Figures released today (Wednesday June 4) by Glasgow Prestwick show that week ending Sunday 25 May was the busiest in the airport's ninety-year history.
A total of 41,987 passengers used Glasgow Prestwick in those seven days, confirming its status as Scotland's fastest-growing airport.
The UEFA Cup Final in Seville contributed to this with a huge volume of fans travelling not only on charter flights to Seville and Jerez but also on regular holiday flights to Faro and Malaga.
In addition to the football flights, significant numbers of passengers travelled daily on Ryanair's scheduled flights to London, Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Olso, Bournemouth and Stockholm and on Globespan's scheduled services to Palma, Malaga, Nice and Rome.
And boosting numbers even further were new daily scheduled flights to Girona in Spain by Ryanair and to the Isle of Man by Aer Arann Express.
The previous busiest week was in May 2002 when the European Championship League Final was held at Hampden. The passenger total then was 39,972.
Tom Wilson, Managing Director of Glasgow Prestwick, said "The increase in passengers was handled very well and the employees at the airport are to be congratulated on a superb performance.
"Many passengers new to the airport commented how hassle-free it was, unlike Glasgow Abbotsinch, with fast check-in, pleasant staff and a lack of congestion. We work hard at being Scotland's friendliest airport, and it seems to be paying off."
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