The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Glasgow Prestwick Airport introduces
four new sunshine holiday air routes

By: Neil Richardson

RYANAIR has today (Thursday 29 May) announced three new destinations from Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire.

From the end of October Ryanair will operate flights to the popular sunshine destinations of Malaga, Tenerife and Faro. Seats are already on sale at

The announcement further strengthens Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s route network, bringing the total number of scheduled destinations operated by Ryanair to 29 following several new route announcements in the last year.

Ryanair will also introduce an additional daily flight on their Belfast service, which currently operates once a day.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell (pictured above) commented: “Today’s announcement once again demonstrates Ryanair’s commitment to expand and offer the best choice of European routes from Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

“These new destinations have always been popular among Scots holidaymakers, and it is great news that they will now be available throughout winter, with Ryanair’s low fares making them even more attractive.

“The Belfast service has performed well in the business and leisure markets since its introduction last year, and the additional daily flight offers passengers on that route more flexibility.”

Ryanair’s sales and marketing manager for the UK and Ireland Bridget Dowling said: “Over two million passengers travelling from Glasgow Prestwick Airport this year will save over £100 million by choosing Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares over our competitors.

“This latest route expansion will deliver low fares to Faro, Malaga and Tenerife. Our existing routes will meanwhile provide passengers with lower fares and better punctuality compared to the high fares levied by British Airways and Easyjet in Scotland.

“To celebrate these new routes, we are giving away seats from £10 one-way for travel in June and July, and we recommend passengers to book these £10 seats immediately on as demand for these guaranteed lowest fares will ensure that they're snapped up quickly.”

Holiday flights to Turkey from Scottravel

And holiday flights from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Turkey started up this week, with the first sunseekers flying out on Monday 26 May.

[Pictured from left: Glasgow Prestwick Airport staff Louise Muir, John Kennedy, Gillian McPherson and (far right) Nicola Clark with Robert and Freda Sweeny from Winton Street, Ardrossan, passengers on the first Scottravel flight to Dalaman in Turkey. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

And the people behind the flights to Dalaman, Scottravel Holidays, have some great offers for passengers looking to travel in June.

[Pictured: early passengers to Dalaman - sisters Jessica and Jasmin Bradford from Barbieston Road, Auchinleck, with their grandmother Grace Bradford.]

The Lanarkshire-based firm will fly once a week over the summer season to Dalaman, which serves the popular and lively resort of Marmaris, its laid-back sister resort Icmeler, and also the Fethiye region which includes Olu Deniz and Ovacik/Hisaronu.

[Pictured: early Dalaman passengers Helen and Calum Keenan from Marina Road, Prestwick, with Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s Gillian McPherson (centre). This is the first trip to Turkey for the Keenans. Calum is a human resources officer with South Ayrshire Council and Helen is a lecturer at Strathclyde University.]

Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell commented: “It’s great news that we can add Turkey to our growing range of summer holiday options for 2008.

“Many holidaymakers are now turning their attention away from the more traditional European destinations due to a very unfavourable exchange rate from the pound to the Euro.

“This makes Turkey a more attractive proposition to visit, not to mention the soaring summer temperatures it gets. We have worked with Scottravel Holidays before, and look forward to working with them over the summer.”

Scottravel Holidays managing director Serkan Aydin added: “Turkey is a vast country which is steeped in history and culture. The hospitality is also exceptional, and provides visitors with the warm Turkish welcome that our clients enjoy so much.

“We have extensive knowledge of the best holiday resorts, accommodation and facilities which means we can create the perfect Turkish adventure to suit all tastes and budgets.”

Scottravel is online at or call 01698 745522 seven days a week, Monday - Saturday 9am to 6pm; and Sunday
11am to 4pm.

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