Scotland’s first long-haul flights to Asia were officially confirmed today. Middle Eastern airline Emirates announced daily flights to Dubai starting next April. It is the first time Glasgow has received cash from the £6.8million fund - Edinburgh has won seven new subsidised services.
The move, which reaffirms Glasgow's status as Scotland's long-haul hub, was welcomed by city council and tourism chiefs, who have been lobbying hard for cash from the fund to come to Glasgow Airport. Emirates will carry 150,000 passengers a year to and from Glasgow in its first year using a 285-seat Airbus A330 flights.
Continental have upgraded the Glasgow to New York Newark flights for this winter from a Boeing 757-200 to a Boeing 767-200ER and next summer they will upgrade to a Boeing 767-400 aircraft the Glasgow to New York flights continue to be one of Continentals more successful services.
PIA are set to announce new flights from Glasgow to Karachi, Islamabad and Faisalabad. Flights will be operated by Airbus A310 and Boeing 777 aircraft. Flights to Karachi will operate Karachi-Lahore-Oslo-Glasgow and the 2nd flight a week to Karachi and Islamabad will operate Karachi-Islamabad-Amsterdam-Glasgow and flights to Faisalabad will be direct.
Qatar airways are rumoured to be in talks with Glasgow airport management about new flights to Doha.
Zoom Airlines have announced that they will double the flights between Glasgow and Calgary and an extra weekly flight to Vancouver. Since tickets went on sale in October for flights from Glasgow to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax and Ottawa. Zoom have received well over 6000 bookings.