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Glasgow airport gets new flights to Spain

[December 12th 2008]

Glasgow airport is to get new flights to popular holiday destinations in Spain and Portugal next year.

Sunways Holidays, based in Manchester, is to offer flights and holiday packages from Glasgow airport to Girona (Barcelona) and Alicante on the Spanish mainland, Palma on the island of Majorca, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, and Faro in Portugal.

Flights to Girona will operate twice a week during the peak holiday season. All the other new destinations will get weekly flights. Sunways Holidays will charter Airbus A320 and A319 planes from bmi to operate the flights.

"Sunways Holidays have always had a loyal following of Scottish customers. We felt that with the demise of Seguro Holidays and XL Airways there was a demand in Scotland for good value holidays to popular destinations,” explains Sunways Holidays founder and managing director, Felipe Rodriguez.

Richard Burke, formerly with Seguro Holidays, has joined Sunways and with his knowledge of the Scottish market will help the company expand further in Scotland.

"We are really excited about our new programme from Glasgow Airport. We are delighted to be working in partnership with bmi, one of the UK's most respected airlines, and look forward to flying from Glasgow,” comments Burke.

“We have a packed programme for 2009, including a great choice of popular destinations across Spain and Portugal. We include self catering to all inclusive properties, from 2 star to 5 star all available at low prices, direct from Glasgow. Sunways will also feature a popular long stay programme to Portugal and Costa Brava with 28, 35 and 42 night stays," Burke adds.

The new flights from Sunways Holidays mean some much needed good news for Glasgow airport which has suffered from falling passenger numbers and been overtaken by Edinburgh as the most popular airport in Scotland.

"We are delighted to welcome Sunways Holidays to Scotland, and we wish them every success with their 2009 programme. This is further good news for Glasgow Airport and shows that, despite the current economic climate, it is still possible to attract new business," says Glasgow Airport managing director, Amanda McMillan.

Written by: Nick Purdom

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