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The summer get-away begins

18/03/2009

Aberdeen Airport is preparing for one of the busiest days of the year so far, as the summer get-away officially starts.

As schools across the North-east break for the holidays, more than 11,000 passengers are expected to pass through the Dyce terminal on Friday alone.

Some of the favourite destinations include popular summer hot spots like Mallorca, as well as including Dublin, Paris and London. The airport has also been boosted with the start of new services to Oslo, Cardiff and Liverpool which begins next week.

Numbers are expected to be slightly down on last year, as many continue to feel the effects of the current recession. However, predicted numbers for the weekend are still expected to be in the region of 35,000, making this the busiest periods of the year for the airport so far. Kevin Brown, Managing Director of Aberdeen Airport said “ We are looking forward to the start of the busy summer season. With thousands of people passing through this weekend alone, we expect this will be our busiest of the year so far.

“Passengers who have not travelled through the terminal since last year's holiday are in for a big surprise, with major improvements having taken place over the last 12 months, and further investment still going on. Not only have we just begun transforming International arrivals and departures but we also have brand new cafes and bars. We are celebrating our 75th birthday this month, and investing heavily this year.

“Major works are also currently underway at the front of the terminal building, with the construction of a multi million pound parking deck. My advice to passengers would be to leave as much time for their journey to the airport as possible, so they can familiarise themselves with the new surroundings.”

Passengers can also help speed up their journey by paying attention to the current security restrictions, as Security Manager at Aberdeen Airport George Cowie explained. “At a time of recession, when money is tight, it is even more important to follow the Government's security restrictions so passengers can avoid throwing away perfectly good products” he said. “If people pay attention to the security measures, it will make their journey through the airport quicker and easier. Our staff are not there to inconvenience passengers, but to help keep them safe and by following the instructions, passengers can help reduce queues and waiting times.

“The restrictions do not just apply to bottles of water either, everything from toothpaste to sun cream and from perfume to deodorant are included and need to be packed into hold luggage and not taken in hand luggage”.

In-bound passenger numbers are also expected to be high this summer, according to Ken Massie, VisitScotland's Regional Director for Grampian. “Research shows that direct access to a destination has a huge impact on where people decide to take a holiday and Aberdeen continues to attract new international and domestic routes and increasing numbers of flights. We have a fantastic range of events in Scotland this summer from T in the Park to the Golf Open and Homecoming is a real draw.

“There are local events such as the North East Clan Fortnight including the Aboyne Highland Games and The Gordon Highlanders International Beating Retreat which is attracting visitors from Canada and South Africa. With a favourable exchange rate for overseas visitors combined with other indicators this suggests the potential for strong inbound tourism in the North-east over the coming months.“

Notes to the Editor:

Predicted passenger totals for Friday 3rd July - Monday 6th July (inclusive): 35,400. Friday 3rd predictions: 11,300.

Holidaymakers are being reminded that current measures restrict the carriage of certain quantities of liquids, gels or pastes through security. They should be in a contained no larger than 100 mls in capacity, stored in a clear resealable plastic bag, and presented to security staff for screening.

There are separate rules for baby milk and food. The accompanying adult needs to sample the product in the presence of a security guard, so passengers are recommended to bring extra bottles which can be discarded after sampling.

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