Tourism News for Glasgow and Scotland

July 2009

New Shopping Concept at Glasgow Airport.    

A leading retail fashion consortium has announced that it will open 11 new stores in the refurbished passenger terminal at Glasgow Airport. It already operates in three airports on the continent. According to the McArthurGlen Collezioni, it will create a “stylish, curved avenue of stores” in the departure lounge area, where “full price” fashion labels will be offered to airport passengers. Glasgow Airport will be the UK’s first airport to showcase the collection, which currently is featured at Dublin, Porto and Venice airports.

The opening is set for later this year, and is expected to further enhance Glasgow standing as the largest retail centre in the UK outside London, and as a major fashion centre.McArthurGlen Luxury Retail’s chairman, Brian Collie, noted: "When you combine a vibrant city, a stylish airport, great brands and customers obsessed with fashion, Glasgow makes the ideal location for Collezioni."

Glasgow Airport was chosen for the collection partly because of the large percentage of leisure flights operated from the airport. Of the airport’s eight million passengers annually, 49 per cent are 18-44 years old, and 80 per cent of those are classified as middle-class professionals. The group also owns and operates a number of designer outlets across the UK.

Outlet mall developer McArthurGlen has unveiled plans for its first UK airport operation, in Glasgow, and is in talks to secure a further wave of sites across the country.

The Collezioni concept was debuted at Marco Polo Airport in Venice last year, since when McArthurGlen has rolled it out at Porto Airport in Portugal and Dublin Airport.
When Collezioni launched in Venice it featured brand names including Valentino, Brooks Brothers, Marlboro Classics and Diesel in the 15,000 sq ft space. McArthurGlen is already in talks with retailers interested in opening in the space, but it declined to reveal any names. The operator’s chairman of luxury retail Brian Collie, whose background is with BAA, said that the company was targeting “mid-market to high-end fashion brands, sportswear and casual ski-wear”.

Trading is due to start  by Christmas and is designed to attract the 4 million departing passengers going through Glasgow Airport every year. He added: “When you combine a vibrant city, a stylish airport, great brands and customers obsessed with fashion, Glasgow makes the ideal location for Collezioni.”

It is not known which airports McArthurGlen is in talks over for further UK expansion, but Collie confirmed that there were three potential sites under discussion.He added that the developer intends to steadily expand the concept across Europe, with around 10 more airports likely to be added to the portfolio in the next three years.

If travelling from Glasgow at Christmas book your Glasgow airport parking early to get the best price and widest range of car parks. Best value car parks always fill up first.


£130 Million Tender Bid for Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

Transport Scotland has announced that tender documents will be issued by the end of June to the four teams bidding for the £130 million contract on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link. Carillion, Morrison, and a joint venture between Irish firm Roadbridge and Sisk are all in the running as well as a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est and Vinci Construction’s Grands Projets division.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “Transport Scotland is currently undertaking final preparations to the tender documentation for the Branch Line Phase 1 contract. Transport Scotland anticipate the launch of this tender to be in June 2009”. The project includes the construction of a 2km-long track section, the St James Spur, which features a single span bridge over the M8 motorway to the new airport station.

GARL is set to be completed and operational in early 2013 in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Transport Scotland took the project over in the summer and following a review and pre-tender consultation with the construction industry, it has taken steps to protect the public purse by reducing the level of cost risk to the contract.

The transport body’s delivery partner Network Rail is set to implement a number of improvements to the existing Paisley corridor from 2010, which will benefit passengers to Ayrshire and Inverclyde.

The Glasgow Airport Rail Link will provide a service every 15 minutes between Glasgow Central station and Glasgow International Airport. Following the Office of Rail Regulation’s recent Final Determination of Network Rail’s costs for the period 2009-2014, the current estimated outturn cost range for the combined GARL-PCR project is £365.5m to £395m excluding VAT.

If you decide not to use the new rail travel hub make sure you book your glasgow airport parkig with a secure car park approved under the Park Mark - Safer Parking Award.


Grand plans for Glasgow Airport.

Glasgow airport has announced plans to launch a 'summer invasion' of northern England this year in a bid to attract more travellers to the Scottish hub. If travelling up from Northern England and you are not familiar with the car parking arrangements, we recommend you go to Glasgow airport parking to see a selection of on and off airport car parks.

Bosses at the airport said that they were hoping to attract family holidaymakers based in the north of England to set off on their break from Glasgow.

One of the main destinations to be targeted by the campaign is Carlisle, from where thousands of families travel south to fly from Manchester, despite the fact that Glasgow is closer.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow airport, pointed out that English travellers can save money by flying from the Scottish base owing to the differences between the countries' school holiday periods.

'Typically, a family of four could save hundreds of pounds on their summer holiday if they fly from Glasgow airport during August or September,' Ms McMillan said.

'With cheaper holidays, cheaper parking and a shorter journey time from Carlisle, it makes financial sense to fly from Glasgow.'

Flights to Dubai, Barcelona and Orlando and other destinations are provided by carriers including Virgin Atlantic, easyJet and Emirates from Glasgow Airport.

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