« Back celebrates 10 years of flying from Glasgow International Airport

19th August 2021 • Posted in Announcements

Leading leisure airline is celebrating ten years since it waved its first customers off from Glasgow Airport, as are three colleagues who have been with the airline since that very first flight took to the skies. 

The award-winning airline is sharing the milestone with Craig Stewart, Captain Alan MacGregor, and Julie Robin who joined the company in 2011 and are sharing the 10th anniversary celebrations. Since launching, has expanded to become the UK’s third largest airline and Jet2holidays is now Scotland’s largest tour operator. 

Craig joined the Ground Operations team as a Customer Service Agent, having studied Tourism International Travel Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. Craig is now a Duty Manager, responsible for ensuring that all customers receive’s renowned VIP service and that aircraft depart safely and on-time.  

Captain Alan MacGregor joined the team with over ten years of prior experience in flying commercially. Since taking to the skies at Glasgow Airport, Captain Alan has now received his TRI (Type Rating Instructor) and TRE (Type Rating Examiner) to help train the next generation of pilots. 

Julie was amongst the first intake of Cabin Crew for the award-winning airline at Glasgow Airport and is now the Cabin Crew Base Manager, meaning she is responsible for the team of cabin crew at Glasgow Airport, who look after customers and help deliver a VIP customer service on all the company’s flights. has experienced substantial growth and success over the last decade, having flown over six million happy customers to and from the airport, with Craig, Alan and Julie having been part of the team since day one.  

Craig comments: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the past decade working for at Glasgow Airport. From my very first day working in Ground Operations to progressing to Duty Manager, no two days have ever been the same. I feel immense pride to have seen the red team at Glasgow go from strength to strength, offering our VIP experience and going above and beyond for our customers and fellow colleagues. Through a combination of both strong teamwork and the airline’s fantastic offering, we have had the opportunity to watch continue to grow at Glasgow Airport serving thousands of customers every day.” 

Julie added: “Having worked in the industry for many years, no airline has been better to work for than I feel proud as I look back on the past ten years and lucky to have such dedicated colleagues. I am honoured to have worked with such amazing and dedicated colleagues and I look forward to making more memories with the red team as we welcome back customers and take them on their well-deserved holidays.” 

Captain Alan said: “Flying for has been the highlight of my aviation career, and I still enjoy the flying as much as when I first started. When I first joined the team in 2011, had just two aircraft at Glasgow Airport. This has now grown to seven aircraft flying from the base, demonstrating how the airline continues to go from strength to strength. I love working for the airline and now have the very rewarding job of training the next generation of pilots due to achieving my TRI and TRE.” is repeatedly recognised by customers for delivering a VIP service and continues to outperform other airlines when it comes to customer experience and satisfaction. It is this VIP customer service, alongside customer touches including friendly low fares, great flight times and an industry leading 22kg baggage allowance (plus 10kg hand baggage), that has enabled the company to grow to become Scotland’s largest tour operator.  

This 10th anniversary marks the continued growth and success has experienced at Glasgow Airport, now offering daily flights to some of the most popular sun and city destinations across the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Europe – with Tenerife proving to be Glasgow customers’ number one sunshine destination! Holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to where and when they would like to enjoy a getaway, with holidays of any duration available to suit their budgets. 

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: “We are proud to be marking 10 years of flying from Glasgow Airport and it is a great opportunity to look back and remember all that we have achieved during this time. What has made such a success is its fantastic colleagues like Craig, Alan and Julie, who go above and beyond to ensure every single customer receives our famous VIP experience. We’d really like to thank everyone who has contributed to our growth over the last 10 years at this airport, especially our wonderful colleagues. 

“We have grown considerably in Scotland since we launched our first flight from Glasgow Airport a decade ago, and this is all down to the support and loyalty from holidaymakers and independent travel agents. As we look towards the future with confidence, our values remain as strong as ever and we could not be any prouder to be Scotland’s largest tour operator.” 

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “On behalf of everyone at Glasgow Airport, I would like to congratulate on celebrating 10 years with us. We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with for the last decade and with the airline’s red jacket team highly visible in the customer journey daily, they are a well-established part of the Glasgow Airport family. Throughout its time at Glasgow the airline has delivered a fantastic range of routes and services which have proved incredibly popular with our passengers and we look forward to the next decade working with” 

Some top 10th birthday facts: has carried more than six million customers to and from Glasgow Airport. 

Nearly 1 million cups of tea and more than 200,000 KitKats have been served to Glasgow customers since the airline started operating from the base. 

Glasgow’s favourite destination is Tenerife, which the airline started operating to in 2011. 

And the most popular sandwich for Glaswegian customers is the Ham & Cheese Toastie. 

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