GLASGOW Airport is prepared for one of its busiest periods of the year as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to jet off for the October holiday week.

Over 171,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between yesterday and Monday with many flying out to popular sunspots in the Canary Islands and Florida and city break destinations such as Valencia, Lisbon, Brussels, Paris, Berlin and Las Vegas.

In anticipation of the busy period ahead, the airport and its airline partners have extra staff on hand to help guide passengers, particularly those with young children, through check-in.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “The October school break is a huge week for us, and follows on from the busiest period in our history when we welcomed more than four million passengers through our doors between June and September. This weekend in particular will be very busy and we are expecting to welcome even more passengers than we did during the same period last year.

“To ensure our customers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport we will draft in more staff across the terminal over the weekend, while young children can enjoy a host of arts and craft activities hosted by the airport’s ambassadors in our designated Kids’ Zone today and tomorrow.

“As always during peak periods at the airport, we advise customers to arrive in plenty of time to get through check-in and security.”

Towards the end of this month Ryanair will launch two new routes to Madrid and Krakow, while Flybe will introduce its new London Southend service, operating up to six times per week. Lufthansa will also launch its new four-per-week service to Munich at the end of October.