Summer Exodus Starts at Glasgow Prestwick this Weekend
GLASGOW Prestwick is anticipating its busiest weekend this year as some 10,000 Scots jet off at the start of the summer holidays.
And during the school break in July and August the airport expects to handle circa 250,000 people, says Chief Commercial Officer Graeme Sweenie.
“While we can't be sure the poor weather is a factor, we do believe there is a bounce because of it. We know of families who were originally going to holiday in Scotland who have found last-minute deals with Ryanair and are now jumping on a plane to Spain to get some guaranteed sunshine.”
Ryanair’s programme at Glasgow Prestwick concentrates on popular and traditional Mediterranean destinations, giving Scots the widest choice of family holiday routes at the lowest prices, he added.
“The most popular destinations this summer are family favourites such as Tenerife, Alicante, Palma and Lanzarote, and Scots will get a pleasant surprise when they get there and start converting their cash. With the pound strong against the euro at the moment, that means for every £500 converted into euros, they’ll get an extra £47 compared to last summer.
“But a surprise “hit” this summer with Scots is Riga in Latvia, not usually noted as being a traditional holiday favourite. The Jurmala resort on the Baltic outside Riga has twenty miles of safe clean beaches, temperatures can reach 32oC in July and August, and beer is a pound a pint. No wonder thrifty Scots are heading there this summer.
"And it’s good to see that our new flights to Corfu and Crete seem to be unaffected by Greece’s economic problems. Loads to both destinations this summer are excellent and I believe Scots will find Greeks even more hospitable as they're keen for people to visit and spend money in their hotels and restaurants," Mr Sweenie added.