Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stated he is "keen" to launch services from Glasgow International, the main airport serving the city (STV, 12-Jul-2011). Ryanair currently only operates from Glasgow Prestwick. Mr O’Leary said Ryanair has been in discussions with Glasgow International all year, although he admitted that discussions still have a long way to. Ryanair's relationship with the BAA-owned airport is "not good" the CEO said, but added he is optimistic that any sell-off of the airport, which is widely expected, would change that. He said any flights from Glasgow would not affect the company's base in Prestwick, which he said will still be its main airport for the region.
Ryanair: "We have been one of the most vocal critics of the BAA airports, particularly the damage they have done to Scottish tourism. BAA airports were run from London, by London for London, and I think the sale of Glasgow Airport will herald in an era of very aggressive competition between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and that can only be good for passengers and for visitors." Michael O’Leary, CEO. Source: STV, 12-Jul-2011.
Glasgow International: "Like any airport operator, we meet with airlines on a regular basis. And while we have held exploratory discussions with Ryanair, at no time whatsoever did we receive any serious note of interest from the airline to build a base at Glasgow Airport, as they've told us they're happy at Prestwick." Spokesman. Source: STV, 12-Jul-2011.