Air Nostrum, a franchisee partner of Iberia, will launch a twice weekly service between the two cities on Tuesday 1 November 2011 and the route is expected to prove popular with both business and leisure travellers.
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “This is fantastic news for the airport and the city of Glasgow. We are continually working to expand our route network and not only will the new Madrid route further strengthen our connectivity with Europe’s major cities, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
“It is important for Glasgow to have regular, direct links with European markets and while the introduction of this service is in part a response to demand from the local business community, Madrid is one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations and will be a big draw for leisure travellers.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Spain represents the fourth largest international market for Glasgow with 46,900 trips being made annually to the city by Spanish visitors who generate £15.5 million in economic benefit.
“Air Nostrum’s new service to Glasgow from the Spanish capital presents us with a significant opportunity to increase short break visitors from Spain. It also opens up the real possibility of growing international conference delegate numbers from South America through Iberia’s hub at Madrid Barajas airport.”
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is great news for Glasgow and demonstrates that the team at Glasgow Airport are working hard to build up direct flight options.
“The twice-weekly flight will benefit tourists as well as building business links between Glasgow and Madrid, which is home to ScottishPower’s parent company, Iberdrola, as well as the headquarters for many of Spain’s biggest businesses. It’s a great boost for Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.”
Carlos Bertomeu, Chief Executive of Air Nostrum, added: “We are confident of the positive reception in Scotland of Iberia Regional – Air Nostrum’s new route, which offers the advantage of allowing multiple connections from Madrid to the main airports in Spain and Latin America”
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