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Record breaking Glasgow Airport launches new Paris flights

At the end of March, Glasgow Airport celebrated the launch of its new route to Paris – Charles de Gaulle. The daily flight, which began on

27 March, connects Glasgow to Air France’s international hub airport, which offers connections to more than 130 destinations from Scotland including Shanghai, Tokyo and New York.


City Deal innovation centres to boost high-growth sectors

Three innovation centres are to be funded under the Glasgow City Region City Deal in a move that is hoped will boost the area’s performance in growth industries. The Centre for Business

Incubation and Development in the Tontine Building in the Merchant City will support high-growth businesses in the enabling technology, advanced design and manufacturing, and creative economy sectors, with between five and 20 employees. The Tontine Building at Glasgow

Cross will host high-quality and flexible workspaces for these businesses, with a focus on those sectors which link with the city’s universities – to maximise cross- fertilisation between growing companies in the city and major multinationals and research programmes located close by. Over the next five years, it is

expected that 134 businesses will be supported at the centre, with each increasing their staff numbers by at least four per business. This would result in the creation of 536 new jobs and an increased turnover of £53.6m

Tontine Building

over the term of the programme. The University of Glasgow’s

Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will provide leading edge facilities for scientists and businesses operating in advanced imaging. It is supported by £16m of

government funding through the Medical Research Council and will open in 2017.

The MediCity Scotland incubator

in Newhouse, North Lanarkshire, will house new and existing medical technology firms. Councillor Frank McAveety, Chair of

the Regional Cabinet which allocates City Deal funding, said: “These world- class innovation centres will make the Glasgow City Region a leader in these fields, and show that the City Deal will deliver more than just massive infrastructure schemes.”

An Airbus A318, carrying up

to 131 passengers, operates the daily flight.

Amanda McMillan, Managing

Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Glasgow is the economic powerhouse of Scotland and the arrival of the French national flag carrier will further boost our connectivity with the world. We are

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director, Glasgow Airport, and Henri de Peyrelongue, Senior Vice President Europe, Air France, celebrate the launch of the new route with highland dancers at Glasgow Airport. (Picture courtesy of Nick Ponty)

looking forward to working with Air France to ensure the success of this exciting new service.” The celebration of the new route

followed the announcement earlier in the month of the airport marking its busiest February on record. During the month 582,879 passengers travelled through the airport’s doors, representing an

annual increase of 14.1%, making it the airport’s busiest January and February since records began. In February, it was also

announced that Jet2 would bring back its winter breaks for winter 2016. The airline now offers three winter trips from Glasgow Airport with all New York breaks having been extended to four nights.

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