Barrhead Travel to fly record number of Scots

Barrhead Travel today announced plans to operate a record number of flights from Scotland to popular holiday destinations next summer.

 The ambition plans will see a total of 20,000 seats will be available between May and October 2013, doubling the capacity of 2012, and new links between Glasgow and Aberdeen airports and abroad.

The new routes include direct flights from Glasgow to Alicante and the only direct flights from Aberdeen to Alicante and Barcelona. Scotland’s largest independent travel group will charter flights from Glasgow and Aberdeen airports to destinations including Palma, Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Venice.

Barrhead Travel is chartering British Airways aircraft for the flights which will give passengers more leg room and a greater luggage allowance than other ‘bargain’ airlines. The flights will also depart on weekends at convenient times.

The company said that operating its own flights and holidays would give Barrhead Travel customers more cost effective holiday solutions.

Sharon Munro, Chief Executive, said: “We strive to give our customers greater choice and value and chartering more flights during the summer months to some of our most popular destinations and cruise ships enables us to give them the best prices possible.

Barrhead Travel, which was founded in 1975 by Bill Munro, has won many rewards over recent years. It’s accolades include Top UK Travel Agency and Best Travel Agency in Scotland for the past 12 years. More recently, the company was named Employer of the Year by The Sunday Times.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Barrhead Travel has always proved a popular choice for Scottish holidaymakers and we have worked closely with them over the last three summers to ensure their flight programme from Glasgow Airport has been successful.

“It is great news for Scottish holidaymakers that Barrhead has expanded its Glasgow Airport programme every year since it began in 2010. With five popular destinations in 2013, we are confident that our partnership is on course for another successful summer.”

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