Emirates carried a record number of passengers to Glasgow during the financial year ending in March 2016.
The airline flew 410,000 passengers between Dubai and Scotland’s largest city, more than four times higher than the 96,195 customers that first travelled with Emirates on that route in 2004, and equivalent to 68% of Glasgow’s population.
Since launching operations in April 2004, Emirates has carried 3.35 million passengers between Dubai and Glasgow. Beyond Dubai, Thailand, Perth, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney make up the most popular passenger destinations from the city, which are all just one connection away thanks to Emirates’ double-daily service.
Emirates SkyCargo continues to go from strength to strength, exporting over 26,000 tonnes of cargo from Glasgow Airport over the last three years. Pharmaceuticals and machinery for the oil and gas sector are the primary products transported from the region, as well as local whisky and fresh salmon. Flying cargo direct from Glasgow, as opposed to going via London, means the times involved in getting these products to market is significantly improved; transport costs are also reduced.
Since Emirates SkyCargo began services in 2004, 60,000 tonnes of cargo have been exported from Glasgow. Key eastern export destinations for Glaswegian businesses include China, Taiwan, Korea, Dubai and Singapore – highlighting the significance of these markets to the local economy.
Emirates vice president UK Laurie Berryman said: “Emirates’ commitment to Glasgow has never been stronger. We’re seeing very impressive passenger figures on the route as the demand by Glaswegians to travel to Dubai and beyond remains robust. It’s also reassuring to see the continued growth in businesses choosing to export their products across our route map, which is testament to an outward looking economy that is eager to do business with the world.
“We’ve had an extremely positive 12 years, and from all our data it seems we’re on track for another successful 12, working with local people and companies to help them travel to and do business with the East.”
Emirates operates two daily flights between Glasgow and Dubai, both operated by the Boeing 777.