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Tuesday 17th of June 2014
It must take a big portion of time to plan even some of the smaller tasks around the Commonwealth Games, according to Car Hire Glasgow Airport staff.
The managing director of Glasgow Airport says the airport is ready for all the athletes and other representatives who will be arriving in just two weeks time. Most of the ‘Games family’, around 6,500 of them will be heading through the Scottish airport, giving Amanda McMillan plenty to consider. There is the need to consider all the specialist kit and requirements while in transit. Even with all the athletes arriving she does not expect passenger numbers to increase significantly, as many of the Games tickets were sold in the UK.
McMillan said, “The Olympic Games in London witnessed that kind of effect, where people stayed at home to watch. Given the sheer seasonality of our business, I expect most of our usual summer travellers will still go on holiday. They might cluster before or after the Games, but we are not expecting that suppressing factor, and we are hoping for some uplift.”
A potential greater boost for the airport will be in September with the Ryder Cup, golf’s most prestigious team event. McMillan added, “We do expect more overseas visitors for the Ryder Cup. That is a different kind of customer profile – Icelandair has already added capacity to meet demand for the competition.”