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28 . Glasgow Business March/April 2013


Lufthansa’s new service to Düsseldorf will initially fly six times a week, moving to a daily service in June


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ir links are vital to any modern regional economy. Tey are key to exporting and


importing goods, atracting foreign direct investment and to the personal and business tourist markets. Glasgow is increasingly


well-served in this field at a time when many businesses and sectors are still feeling the pinch because of current economic stresses. Glasgow Airport has recently


strengthened its route network which will make a significantly increased contribution to the area’s international links. From 8 April, it will begin flying its latest route: the Luſthansa service to Düsseldorf, which will initially fly six times a week, moving to a daily service in the week beginning 24 June.


New flights to Europe and increased capacity to Dubai and beyond make it easier to Discover The World from Glasgow


As Amanda McMillan,


Managing Director, Glasgow Airport, and Glasgow Chamber Director, said: “It is a key win for the airport – not only will it result in a direct daily flight to one of the wealthiest regions of Europe, our passengers will once again have access to the extensive onward connectivity offered by the Luſthansa network.” Te route win also offers


significant inward business benefits for the Glasgow economy. It allows an opportunity for short breaks tourism to the city from


Germany and will prove a driver in atracting more international delegates to conferences being hosted in the city. Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive,


Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Te Düsseldorf route win really was excellent news. “It gives Glasgow direct flight


access to one of the most important industrial centres of Germany in North Rhine Westphalia, with an 18 million population, including four of Germany’s largest cities – Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Essen – and nine of the top 20 urban centres in the country. “From a business perspective,


the Ruhr-Rhine region is one of the best-known industrial centres in the world, with many leading German companies such as TyssenKrupp headquartered there.” Te Düsseldorf route win


follows other boosts to international travel at Glasgow Airport. Leading Gulf airline Emirates increased capacity on its flights from and to Glasgow from the start of this year. Te airline upgraded its second


daily flight to Dubai by introducing a bigger plane, the 364-seat Boeing 7777-300ER to the route from


1 January. Its replacement of the smaller Airbus A340-300 meant a weekly increase in capacity of 650 seats, as well as an additional 70 tonnes of cargo capacity in each direction, each week. Te increase in the size of


the plane so quickly aſter the launch of the second flight in 2012 was testimony to how well the business community here is using the service. Emirates SkyCargo plays a


significant role for the Scotish economy, moving over one million kilogrammes of Scotish whisky each year to destinations such as the Far East, South Africa and Australia. Other popular export commodities include seafood, oil drilling machinery and electrical equipment. Onward connections via


the Emirates hub in Dubai give Scotish business people access to a wide range in business centres in the Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Tere has also been an increase


in the connectivity to European destinations from Glasgow Airport. From 1 March, Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Eastern and Central Europe, began flying its Gdansk and Warsaw routes from Glasgow Airport. Glasgow Airport’s slogan is


‘Discover Te World’. Tese recent developments make it easier to do just that.


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