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Airlines laying on extra city flights for US golf fans travelling to Ryder Cup

Extra flights to Glasgow are being laid on as the airport prepares to welcome thousands of American golf fans ahead of the hotly-anticipated Ryder Cup.

KLM and Icelandair are adding more planes in order to cope with the rush for flight tickets, which rival airlines also reporting a rise in demand for Trans-Atlantic seats.

This year’s Ryder Cup is set to begin at Gleneagles in just 48 hours – after the players attend a star-studded gala concert at The Hydro in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Both US Airways and United Airlines fly in and out of the West Coast hub and have reported a huge increase in demand by Americans for plane tickets to Glasgow – such is the excitement surrounding the Ryder Cup this year.

In fact, it has been said that almost 20 extra flights in and out of Glasgow are also being planned this month by airline chiefs at Incelandair and KLM, just so they can cope with “strong demand” from fans around the world.

Golf fans jetting into Glasgow from London with budget airlines including British Airways and EasyJet have both confirmed high demand for flights as anticipation around the annual event draws near.

"The Ryder Cup is a huge draw for visitors from Europe and across North America, and it is no surprise that a number of our airlines are experiencing an increase in demand for seats this month, particularly in first and business class,” said Glasgow’s commercial director Francois Bourienne.

He added: "Following what was a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, the city will be in the spotlight again over the next 10 days as we gear up for the renowned gala concert.

"While most of the action will take place at Gleneagles, in Perthshire, the effects of the Ryder Cup will be felt throughout the city and we're looking forward to once again being at the heart of the sporting action."

Airport officials are apparently planning a Scottish welcome for our friends across the pond. Fans arriving at the city will be met by golfers on stilts, as well as tartan-clad Highland dancers and bagpipers, in what should be a jovial atmosphere.