United Airlines marked 15 years of nonstop service from Glasgow to its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, with an anniversary celebration at Glasgow Airport.
Since it was launched on July 16, 1998, the service has carried over 1.5 million customers.
Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales, UK & Ireland, was joined by Campbell MacKinnon, Operations Director, Glasgow Airport and Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing, VisitScotland, at a celebratory event for customers at the departure gate.
Bob Schumacher said: “We thank customers for choosing United over the past 15 years. Glasgow continues to be an important destination with strong customer support for the route. Our flight offers fast access to the most popular tourism and business destination in the United States as well as unparalleled connectivity to cities throughout the Americas via our New York hub.”
Campbell Mackinnon said: “Since its launch in 1998, United’s Glasgow to Newark service has proved extremely popular with business and leisure passengers alike. Not only does it generate considerable in-bound tourism revenue for Glasgow and Scotland, it allows businesses to access and trade with what is the world’s largest economy. Routes such as this enable Scotland to maintain and increase its global competitiveness and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate this landmark anniversary with United.”
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Efficient airline connectivity is key to Scottish tourism in a 21st century landscape. Busy lives and developments in technology mean that we all want to get to places quickly and easily whether that’s for business or leisure.
“This long-standing United Airlines route has done just that for 15 years, bringing visitors to our shores and generating millions for the Scottish economy. As we prepare to welcome the world in 2014, with a year of astounding events such as the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming, I am sure the New York United Airlines route will be busier than ever and we look forward to welcoming thousands more American visitors to Scotland.”
United flight UA162 departs Glasgow daily at 9:00 a.m. and arrives at New York/Newark at 11:25 a.m. the same day. The return flight, UA161, departs New York/Newark daily at 7:45 p.m. and arrives in Glasgow at 7:30 a.m. the next day (all times local).
From its Newark Liberty hub, United offers flights to more than 300 destinations across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 cities served nonstop.