Announces New Destinations from Glasgow, a UK-based low-cost airline that operates out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is expanding its operational base at Glasgow Airport in Scotland.

The airline, which has recently announced the addition of a new aircraft, its fourth to be based out of the airport, has also announced two new routes from Glasgow for its summer schedule in 2013.

Recently, the company announced three new routes from Glasgow airport, to Menorca (Spain), Murcia (Spain) and Pula (Croatia), for airfares commencing from £41 per person.

Steve Heapy, the head of Jet2holidays, the holiday arm of the airline, said, ‘Glasgow is an important base for us, and as we enter our third year, we are delighted to announce more new destinations our customers want. Local holidaymakers have been requesting services to Menorca, Murcia and Pula and we are happy to be offering these amazing destinations for 2013.

We recently announced Bodrum and Gran Canaria, which are also new for next year, meaning passengers have even more fantastic holiday options direct from Glasgow.

Adding our fourth dedicated aircraft is also great news for the area. This will be based at Glasgow ahead of the peak holiday season in May and will allow us to offer these new destinations and even more flying. We’ve already added an additional weekly flight to Bodrum due to strong demand since it was launched just a few months ago. We are also increasing the number of seats available to Majorca, Alicante, Ibiza, Dalaman, Heraklion, Lanzarote and Tenerife.’

Twice weekly flights to Murcia are on sale and will commence from May 24, 2013, with fares starting from £41 per person. Flights to Pula are also on sale with weekly flights set to commence from June 18, 2013.

Glasgow Airport Releases Its 2012 Winter Guide

Glasgow Airport, in Scotland, is providing passengers with a guide to its 2012 winter schedule.

The new handy, pocket size, comprehensive winter 2012 flight guide is designed to ensure that travellers have the latest information at their fingertips. The guide focuses on all types of flights to various holiday destinations, and is claimed to be ideal for city breaks, adventure trips, skiing holidays or business travel. The book also offers information on parking options, shopping outlets, eating venues and the relaxation options that are available at the airport.

Francois Bourienne, the commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said, ‘We have worked hard to strengthen our route network this year and it really is encouraging to see a number of our airline partners add a host of new routes and services.

Passengers travelling from Glasgow Airport can choose from a fantastic range of domestic, European and long-haul scheduled flights this winter, and with regular flights to a range of popular sun destinations we have all the bases covered when it comes to package holidays.

Over the course of the past two years we have committed significant investment to improving our facilities for passengers. In addition to adding top fashion brands such as Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger to our retail portfolio, we have refurbished our departures lounge and added two new bars both of which have fabulous views of the airfield and runway.’

In 2011, the airport invested around £12 million to develop facilities, and it is investing around £9 million in airside developments and airport enhancements for 2012.

Previously, the airport achieved a Gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) at the Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012, which has recognised the airport’s initiatives for health, safety and accident prevention; health improvement activities; and its ‘safety first’ initiatives.

Glasgow Airport Implements Automated Boarding Pass Scanners

Glasgow Airport, in the UK, has launched automated boarding pass scanners to provide passengers flying out of the airport with a speedier check-in facility.

The new scanners have been installed as part of the airport’s upgrade programme, which has seen an investment of £21 million to date.

The six self-service scanners are currently operational in the main security hall and are expected to reduce waiting time and queues when checking in. The same type of boarding pass scanner is also currently operational at both London City and Gatwick Airports in the UK.

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Our focus in recent years has been on improving our customers’ journey through the terminal building and not only will this technology further enhance our compliance with strict industry security regulations, it will significantly reduce the amount of time passengers spend in the security hall, particularly during peak times.

In terms of queue times, we are one of the best performing airports in the UK but that hasn’t prevented us from wanting to make further improvements. The introduction of the new scanners is just one of a number of measures we have recently implemented and it comes at a time when more and more people are choosing to fly from Glasgow Airport.’

Around 20,000 passengers travel through Glasgow Airport each day, and the new technology is expected to make travel less stressful for them.

The Scottish minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, said, ‘Glasgow Airport is one of Scotland’s busiest airports, carrying approximately seven million passengers to 90 destinations each year. The airport makes a substantial contribution to Scotland’s economy, providing a vital service for leisure and business travellers and supporting 7,300 jobs.’

Glasgow Airport Launches Latest Safety System for Air Traffic Control

Glasgow airport is the first airport in the world to install a new cutting edge safety enhancement technology developed by NATS, the UK based company that provides air traffic services and solutions.

The system uses NASA satellite data to create a three-dimensional map of the ground around Glasgow Airport, and uses it as a model to test unsafe altitudes. The technology will allow air traffic controllers to test flight paths with perfect accuracy, while maintaining a safe distance from the ground.

NATS senior systems engineer, Andrew Wood, said, ‘This is the first system in the UK to use 3D terrain mapping in a live operational environment.

The new system is the most accurate in the world. It brings improved safety for aircraft and passengers and will give controllers even greater confidence.

The system has been verified to trigger when aircraft are either entering a dangerous rate of descent or are in close proximity to the ground.

We had to ensure that the alerts being raised were valid, as well as proving that no aircraft in danger were failing to trigger alerts.’

The successful launch of the programme will have assured the expansion of the technology to other airports in the UK.

NATS engineering director, Iain Harris, said, ‘This project has been developed in-house by NATS from the ground up and is a prime example of our ability to innovate for enhanced safety performance.’

The current project is a result of joint efforts between NATS and the Safety Regulation Group of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Commences Service to Ibiza from Glasgow, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, has announced the commencement of its service to the island of Ibiza, in Spain.

The airline celebrated its initial flight to Ibiza with a party for its passengers at Glasgow Airport, in Scotland. The party featured DJ Fox MacLeod, from Karbon nightclub in Glasgow, who regaled the partying passengers with up-tempo music.

Ian Doubtfire, the airline managing director, said, ‘We are delighted to be sending our passengers off in style to Ibiza with a real party atmosphere at the airport. The island has proved incredibly popular from our other UK departure points, and the same can be said for Glasgow following its launch in March last year. Glasgow is an important base for us and our strong growth of destinations across and Jet2holidays shows our continuing commitment to the region’s travellers.’

The flights to Ibiza are priced at inaugural rates commencing from GBP43.99 one way. Passengers can also avail of holiday packages from Jet2’s sister company, Jet2holidays.

Ibiza is popular with tourists for its summer club parties, although the Spanish government is also keen to promote the destination as a family holiday spot.

Apart from its new Ibiza service, the airline is currently offering flights to the beach destinations of Bodrum, in Turkey, and Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, for airfares commencing at GBP53.99, from Glasgow Airport. Jet2holidays is also offering vacation packages to these destinations, for prices commencing from GBP369 per person. The vacations are inclusive of direct return flights, a 22kg baggage allowance and accommodation at a three-star hotel.