Glasgow Airport To Support Voluntary Work For Young Adults

Glasgow Airport, in Scotland, is offering a volunteering initiative to young unemployed adults.

The airport has awarded an amount of £4,900 to ProjectScotland through its FlightPath Fund, allowing the project to offer seven adults the opportunity of taking up full-time volunteering roles with a charity or social enterprise.

The volunteer opportunities are expected to last for several months and are intended to provide a springboard for those selected to help them find future employment, as well as offering charitable organisations the additional resources, and benefits to the communities in which the volunteers work.

Maureen Jamieson, Glasgow Airport’s head of procurement, said, ‘One of the reasons for establishing the FlightPath Fund was to tackle social issues such youth employment, so we are very excited about being able to help ProjectScotland break down barriers for these young people.

These volunteering projects are beneficial on several levels – they help the individual and the organisation they are placed with, as well as the community in which that organisation operates.

That represents tremendous value and ProjectScotland has an excellent track record of success in turning placements into full-time employment so we look forward to seeing the results.’

Rucelle Soutar, the finance director for ProjectScotland, said, ‘Youth unemployment in Scotland has been rising steadily in recent years and some of the worst affected areas lie under the Glasgow Airport flightpath. Young people are looking for opportunities to develop their skills and gain the practical workplace experience sought by many employers.

Volunteering makes young people more optimistic and prepared for the journey ahead. Our opportunities with charities and social enterprises give them the space and time to recognise how capable they are.

Glasgow Airport’s support will open doors for seven young people and ultimately allow them to take control of their own lives and improve their future prospects.’

The Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund has awarded around £400,000 to 150 community groups and charities since 2010. The Communities Trust and charity collection boxes in the airport terminal finance the fund.

Emirates Expands Glasgow to Dubai Route Capacity with Boeing 777 Aircraft

UAE-based airline company, Emirates Airline, has announced an upgrade of its services from Dubai to Glasgow Airport in Scotland.

The airline has launched a second daily flight to Dubai from Glasgow with a 364 seat Boeing 777 aircraft. The new service commences from January 1, 2013. The new Boeing 777-300ER replaces the Airbus A340-300 that is currently used on the same route. The new aircraft will add around 650 seats a week, as well as an extra 70 tonnes of cargo.

Laurie Berryman, the airline vice president for the UK, said, ‘As a result of the popularity and success of the second daily flight to Dubai, the upgraded service will be bigger and better. It is not only great news for all our customers in Glasgow, but also for the Scottish economy.

It highlights Emirates’ continued investment and support for the area since we launched the route in 2004, and comes hot on the heels of Emirates being unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

No one can be in any doubt that growth remains a key objective for Emirates here in Scotland. We can now seamlessly connect even more Scottish passengers to our extensive route network, without them having to travel via London or other European airports – and we are doing so in style with our Boeing 777-300ER.’

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Emirates’ twice daily service to Dubai is of huge economic importance to Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, and it is no surprise that the second service has proved extremely popular since its launch earlier this year.

The decision to upgrade the aircraft so soon after the launch is further evidence of this success and it will, once again, increase Emirates’ capacity to and from Glasgow.’

Flybe Announces New Glasgow to East Midlands Service

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced that it will be operating an expanded schedule from East Midlands Airport, in England, which includes a new route to Glasgow Airport, in Scotland.

The new service is due to commence from September 10, 2012, operating on the popular route that was previously served by UK-based, bmi baby airline, until June 2012.

The new service, which will be providing three flights per day between Monday and Friday, is intended to offer flights that are timed to allow business travellers to benefit from same day return travel, as well as onward connections to the Highlands and Islands from Glasgow, with the airline’s franchise partner, Loganair. The airline will be offering a single return flight on Saturdays and a twice-daily return flight on Sundays.

Andrew Strong, the managing director for Flybe UK, said, ‘We have strived to create a schedule that appeals to both business and leisure travellers and so are pleased with the response with the take up of our early morning southbound and evening northbound flights in particular. This confirms the importance of this route which provides a crucial link to the industries based in the East Midlands.’

Francois Bourienne, the commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Flybe’s decision to reintroduce this service is excellent news for our customers. Prior to its withdrawal, bmi baby’s Glasgow to East Midlands service was hugely popular with both business and leisure passengers and this decision further demonstrate Flybe’s commitment to Glasgow Airport and the West of Scotland.’

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.’

The Hydro to Open in Glasgow Scotland in September

The Hydro, an event arena in Glasgow, Scotland, is ready to open on September 2, 2012.

The building will be equipped to host around 12,000 people, and will be used for concerts and entertainment events. It is reckoned to be one of the largest such venues in the UK, after the Manchester Arena, the O2 Arena in London, the Sheffield Arena, and the LG Arena in Birmingham. Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre Limited (SECC) is constructing the venue.

John Sharkey, the chief executive officer for SECC, said, ‘The progress that has been made with The Hydro has been outstanding. The entire project team including staff at the SECC should be congratulated for their efforts involved in the process of taking The Hydro on its journey to completion and ready for business. The construction team, our own staff and The Hydro team have all been playing their part in getting the building ready to allow us to deliver a fantastic opening night.

The relationship with our naming rights sponsors, SSE (Scottish Hydro) is superb and this association has been invaluable in helping us create awareness to the wider public. Additional official partnerships with leading brands are also in the process of being confirmed.’

Also commenting on the arena, the deputy chief executive officer of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Richard Muir, said, ‘This is very exciting news for Glasgow. The Hydro at The SECC will be a world-class addition to the Glasgow’s overall entertainment venue offering, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and providing wider economic benefits to businesses in Scotland.

The Hydro building has already become a real talking point in the city and we look forward to seeing the project move towards the completion date next year and to hearing the announcement as to who will take to the stage on the opening night.’

Glasgow Prepares to Host 2012 Olympic Games

Olympic football games in both the men’s and women’s tournaments will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, at Hampden Park, the national football stadium, from July 25, to August 3, 2012.

As it gears up for the event, the city is also celebrating 2012 as the Year of Creative Scotland, and is welcoming the arrival of its international visitors with musicians, including American piper, Megan Canning, and French drummer, Iona Sicard-Cras from Piping Live, who along with other musicians, will be playing as part of the world’s biggest week of piping, from August 6 to 12, 2012.

Scott Taylor, the chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said, ‘The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event on the planet and, as the host of 8 Olympic football matches, Glasgow is set to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of a global audience.

It will be incredible for Glasgow to showcase the best young football stars of tomorrow and the buzz surrounding the Olympic presence in the city is sure to contribute to the excitement building for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In addition to being internationally renowned as one of the top 10 sporting cities in the world, Glasgow is also firmly established as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. The city has so much to offer tourists and locals alike, from its wealth of cultural attractions and year-round programme of events and festivals, to its world-class architecture and fantastic shopping.’

Hampden Park’s seating capacity for the Olympic football matches has been cut, along with other football venues in the UK, due to poorer than expected ticket sales.

Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre Hotel to Open in Scotland

The new luxurious Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre hotel is set to open in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 91-room hotel is owned by Belgium-based hotel company, Rezidor Hotel Group, and will be a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The property is expected to open in early 2013, and will be the newest hotel from the brand, which already owns around 30 more hotels in the United Kingdom.

Kurt Ritter, the president and chief executive officer of Rezidor, said, ‘The United Kingdom is a key development region for our young and dynamic mid-market brand Park Inn by Radisson. We aim to grow the brand in the core market London, and in further primary locations such as Glasgow. Glasgow is a one of the most important markets in the UK.

Regarded as the industrial and commercial capital of Scotland, Glasgow benefits from a diverse economic base and is one of Europe’s largest financial centres and is also the second most popular tourism destination in Scotland after Edinburgh.’

The Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre is located in a converted office building, close to two of the city’s railway stations and the city centre, and will be offering an all-day dining restaurant; a lounge and bar; a gym; and around 200- square metres of meeting space.

Park Inn by Radisson was launched in the UK in 2006. The new hotel will increase the brand’s total portfolio in the UK to 5,400 rooms in operation and in the pipeline.

Thomson Announces Launch of Summer 2013 Programme

Thomson Holidays, the UK based travel company, has launched its brand new summer 2013 programme brochure.

The new brochure includes the debut of the Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner, new and exclusive hotel offers, like the new Sensatori and Thomson Couples hotel experiences, and new cruise destinations.

Thomson Airways, an airline owned by the travel company, has taken delivery of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which from May 1, 2013 will fly its customers to Cancun, in Mexico and Sanford, in Florida, US, from the Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow airports in the UK. The company is also offering a new addition to the Sensatori Collection of luxury hotels, with the Sensatori Turkey, located in Sorgun, Turkey, and there will be six new hotel additions to its global hotel portfolio for the summer of 2013.

From May 2013, 90 percent of holidays offered by the company will only be available for sale to UK customers through the company’s own sources, and summer 2013 holidays go on sale from April 26, 2012.

Garry Wilson, the company purchasing and product director, said, ‘Summer 2013 is shaping up to be one of our most exciting launches ever. We are thrilled that our customers are going to be able to experience the benefits of travelling on the Dreamliner on our most popular long haul routes. We know that this addition to our fleet will set us apart from our competition and we’ll be able to give our customers the best possible start to their holidays.

In line with our strategy of offering customers holidays they cannot get elsewhere, we’ve been working to ensure that more hotels than ever are being offered exclusively by Thomson to our customers in the UK.’