unveils Glasgow as eighth UK base with nine new routes

Launching’s 8th base and nine routes: Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of, and Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate

Launching’s 8th base and nine routes: Amanda McMillan, MD Glasgow Airport, Ian Doubtfire, MD, and Stewart Stevenson, Scottish Transport Minister.

UK low-cost carrier has revealed that Glasgow Airport in Scotland will become the airline’s eighth UK base starting next summer. The airline has announced that it will start nine new routes starting at the end of next March. The new routes are:

Start date Destination Country WF Competition (S10*)
31 March 2011 Alicante (ALC) Spain 4 easyJet, Thomson
31 March 2011 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Spain 5 easyJet, Thomas Cook, Thomson
31 March 2011 Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) Egypt 1 Thomas Cook, Thomson
1 April 2011 Faro (FAO) Portugal 3 easyJet, Thomas Cook, Thomson
1 April 2011 Nice (NCE) France 2
1 April 2011 Tenerife Sur (TFS) Spain 2 Thomas Cook, Thomson
3 April 2011 Paphos (PFO) Cyprus 2 Thomas Cook, Thomson
6 April 2011 Monastir (MIR) Tunisia 1 Thomas Cook, Thomson
7 May 2011 Dalaman (DLM) Turkey 2 Thomas Cook, Thomson
Source: booking tool, OAG Max Online for w/c 2 August 2010*

Of the nine routes Thomson Airways operated eight of them this summer, while Thomas Cook Airlines was offering flights on seven of them. easyJet was present on three routes. Only the Nice route was not served non-stop from Glasgow this summer. A total of just 22 weekly departures will be operated across these routes, resulting in an average weekly frequency of just 2.4 flights per week. To operate this network the airline will base one 737 and one 757 at the airport.

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of, said: “We are thrilled to be launching at Glasgow Airport and feel that the region will benefit considerably from our friendly low fare service and the resulting investment into the area. It has been a turbulent time for the travel industry with some airlines and operators ceasing to trade this year. In contrast, we have continued to go from strength to strength – including the launch of a new base at East Midland’s Airport this time last year and significant growth from our existing airport bases. There is a considerable gap in the market at Glasgow Airport which we intend to fill. We will offer people living in and around the region a great choice of holiday destination, leading low fares, a generous 22kg baggage allowance, a loyalty scheme – MyJet2, allocated seating and convenient flight times. All this coupled with our outstanding customer service shows that we are never afraid to go above and beyond for our passengers.”

Glasgow Airport delighted to welcome

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, hailed the news as a major boost for Glasgow Airport and for the west of Scotland economy. She said: “We are delighted that has confirmed Glasgow Airport as their next UK base. is one of the UK’s most successful leisure airlines, offering low fares to a fantastic choice of sun, ski and city destinations. Their summer 2011 programme includes many of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations and some newer favourites such as Tunisia and Egypt. As well as offering low fares to the sun, is creating 150 jobs at Glasgow Airport. At a time of economic uncertainty, this is further evidence of the importance of Glasgow Airport to the local and national economy, and underlines our commitment to attract new airlines and expand our route network. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council. These agencies provided support towards the delivery of this exciting new venture.”

Routes to the sun – and 150 new jobs for people at the base: Steve Heapy, MD Jet2holidays, Amanda McMillan, MD Glasgow Airport, and Ian Doubtfire, MD (nice shirt, Ian). Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council all helped support this venture.


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