TENS of thousands of people are set to take to the skies as Glasgow Airport prepares for its busiest weekend of the year so far.

More than 200,000 jetsetters are expected to travel through the Paisley terminal this weekend as the school holidays get underway.

Travellers will be heading to popular sunshine spots such as Palma, Alicante, the Canary Islands, Crete, Florida and Dalaman in Turkey.

But others will be heading on big city breaks to destinations such as New York, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Rome.

Additional staff will be on hand at peak times at the airport over the weekend to provide support and assurance for passengers as they prepare for check-in and security.

The airport will also be providing plenty of entertainment for young travellers to ensure their holidays get off to a flying start. 

This will include a kids’ zone in the departures area featuring arts and craft activities including face painting, while sweet-toothed youngster can also enjoy a cone from our ice-cream cart.   

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport Managing Director, said: “The recent great weather will hopefully have ensured our passengers travelling through the airport this weekend are in the holiday spirit.

"There’s always a great atmosphere in terminal, particularly as the school term has come to an end and thousands of families arrive at the airport ahead of their holidays.

“This weekend is sure to be one of our busiest ever and we’ll have plenty of activities in the main departure lounge to help occupy the children.

“Given that the airport will be busier than usual we would encourage passengers to allow enough time for check-in and to ensure they are prepared for the security area and have their boarding passes ready."

Glasgow Airport completed a £1.4 million project earlier this year to increase the central search security area by 20 per cent.

This investment was part of a wider £24 million terminal transformation programme, which included a number of enhancements to the airport’s retail offering including new Fat Face and JD Sports stores.