A Glasgow Prestwick representative has said that he expects Ryanair’s five flights to the Canary Islands to be among the airport’s most popular this winter.
The cheap flights carrier is launching a total of 39 routes to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife in October from a number of airports in the UK and Ireland.
Graeme Sweenie, the chief commercial officer at Infratil, which operates Glasgow Prestwick, said that the launch of the Ryanair routes is "fantastic news" for Scottish passengers and the airport.
"Destinations in Spain and the Canaries are always enormously popular in winter and summer," he commented.
"With Ryanair’s proven track record of low fares and excellent on-time performance we would expect these new routes to be among the most popular from the airport."
A major expansion and refurbishment to Glasgow Prestwick’s airside departure lounge was recently completed, with passengers now able to benefit from a new range of retail outlets.
The airport handled more than 2.4 million passengers in the 12 months to March 2008, and is one hour’s drive away for approximately two million people.